A Brief Look at Crime 10/17-10/23

Court: Greeneville bank manager embezzled more than $1 million to gamble on Fantasy Football

Federal court documents reveal a former Greeneville, Tenn., bank manager embezzled more than $1 million from over a dozen customers and squandered the money in online fantasy football leagues and on personal debts. The data showed Miller waived indictment and arraignment and pleaded guilty. The documents show Miller began working at First Tennessee Bank in May 2000 and was most recently employed as Financial Center Manager at the center located on North Main Street. U.S. Attorneys contend that Miller began his scheme in April 2012 and embezzled thousands of dollars from certificates of deposits and IRA funds from customers, including a church, individual accounts and loan holders. In all, the prosecutors said 15 customers were bilked. The attorneys wrote that Miller would earn and abuse the trust of clients by telling them he would engage in transactions they would benefit from. He targeted customers that he knew would not review monthly statements or detect the embezzlement, they said. They also said he lost or spent a majority of the money he stole by gambling online using such fantasy football sites as DraftKings and FanDuel.

Man guilty in murder of elderly Sterling Heights man


A 47-year-old Detroit man is expected to face life in prison after being convicted of delivering a blow that killed a Sterling Heights robbery victim last year. Bogucki’s son, Paul Mitchell, who attended the trial, said he and his mother, Rose Marie Bogucki, were satisfied with the outcome. “We’re relieved the jury saw things the same way we did,” Mitchell said. “We’re happy with the job the prosecution did in presenting a strong case and we’re happy with the police and the FBI.” The murder culminated a series of attacks on elderly people during prior weeks in the Warren-Center Line-Sterling Heights area that spurred the formation of a task force composed of local police along with the FBI Violent Crimes unit. Davidson was suspected of committing at least two others. He fled on foot and used Mrs. Bogucki’s credit card at 7:23 p.m. at a Shell gas station at Schoenherr and 11 Mile Road in Warren and used or tried to use it at three additional gas stations and a Detroit casino, according to Bukowski. Mr. Bogucki, whose head struck the pavement, died eight days later.

Robbery suspect shot by police pointed spray nozzle at officers 


A robbery suspect fatally shot by police on the 215 Beltway last week pointed a taped spray nozzle resembling a handgun at officers before they opened fire, according to Metro Police. Before he died, the suspect, Rex Vance Wilson, texted his wife goodbye and wrote “sorry” in his own blood on his SUV’s dashboard, police said. Wilson, a former Marine, used the spray nozzle to commit a string of 16 robberies over a 10-day span, police said. It certainly appears he intended to be shot by police,” McMahill said. Wilson, 50, performed four years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and two years in the Marine Reserve, McMahill said. Wilson’s wife told police he suffered from depression and compulsive gambling disorder and that he also used cocaine, McMahill said. Wilson had made phone calls to the family’s life insurance company and a suicide hotline, he said.

Jazzercise ex-finance chief accused of $1M theft

The former finance director of Jazzercise is behind bars, accused of embezzling upwards of $1 million from the Carlsbad-based company and its owners, possibly to feed a gambling habit. Sherri O. Potts — who spent about a decade as the corporate director of inance for the physical-fitness firm — pleaded not guilty earlier this month to 50 theft-related charges, including forgery, fraudulent appropriation and grand theft by an employee. Authorities suspect that much of the money was siphoned from petty cash funds, perhaps $10,000 a month for a few years, according to court documents. The 60-year-old Fallbrook resident faces a state prison sentence of nearly four decades if convicted of all charges. Her defense attorney, Joel Bailey, declined comment Monday.

Little Egg Harbor Couple Arrested on Sandy Fraud Charges 

Two Little Egg Harbor residents were arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from 26 victims who hired the couple’s home improvement companies to repair or rebuild their homes after Superstorm Sandy. Detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice arrested Jeffrey Colmyer, 41, and Tiffany Cimino, 43, on Tuesday, Oct. 11.The victims paid Colmyer, Cimino and their firms over $1 million, mostly in Sandy relief funds, but the couple allegedly diverted much of the money to gamble and buy luxury items, leaving homes in disrepair. 

5 men charged in New York with running illegal online gambling are back in California 

Five Santa Clarita Valley men arrested, then extradited, to New York a year ago following the crackdown of an alleged illegal $32 million nationwide sports betting ring are back in California and believed to be living in the Santa Clarita Valley. The five men arrested in an early morning raid Oct. 28, 2015, were among 17 suspects across the country indicted that day by a Queens County grand jury on charges of unlawfully operating a highly sophisticated sports gambling enterprise that stretched from New York to California and used offshore-based gambling websites. In March, each of the five suspects from Santa Clarita Valley pleaded not guilty in New York to the criminal charges against them, a spokesman for the Queens County District Attorney’s Office told The Signal. Only one of the accused men, 38-year-old Cyrus Irani, described by prosecutors as the kingpin in the online gambling operation was given conditions upon his release from custody.

Alleged embezzler has brief court appearance 

The woman who authorities say committed the largest known embezzlement in city history had a brief appearance in Mohave County Superior Court on Tuesday. Diane Maxine Richards, a former longtime city employee, is accused of stealing more than $1.1 million dollars from the city. The case carries two aggravating circumstances. The first is the amount allegedly taken, and the second was Richards’ position as a public servant. She was the interim finance director and budget analyst. Richards is alleged to have transferred money out of the account to pay off 17 personal lines of credit and used a large portion of the money to cover cash advances taken out at casinos in Laughlin.

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