A Brief Look at Crime 10/24 – 11/06

Suicide attempts, overdoses and pressured betting at casino

Ambulances have been called to the Star Casino in Sydney 173 times a year on average since 2011, with suicide attempts and overdoses among the most common reasons. Freedom of Information (FOI) data, obtained by ABC News from NSW Ambulance, shows in the past five years, paramedics were dispatched to the casino 48 times for abnormal and psychiatric behaviour, including attempted suicide, and 117 times for overdose or poisoning by ingestion. Former Star Casino games dealer Sarah Sherwood alleged the 24-hour casino in the harbour-side suburb of Pyrmont pressured staff to encourage gamblers to continue betting, even if they showed signs of problem gambling.

Carlisle bank manager who stole almost £162,000 from customers jailed

A senior manager at a Carlisle bank stole almost £162,000 from vulnerable customers to fund a gambling addiction. A judge jailed Adam McGinley for three years after hearing how he systematically pilfered money from dozens of Barclays most vulnerable customers in Carlisle. He deliberately targeted victims who were too unwell to look after their own finances, Carlisle Crown Court heard. McGinley, 35, of Waldegrave Court, Carlisle, admitted 29 thefts. Beccy McGregor, prosecuting, outlined how the defendant, employed at the English Street branch since October 2007, was exposed when colleagues carried out an audit in February. Mr Dodds said McGinley was cooperative once his crimes were uncovered but he had lost his job, his marriage, and his good name. But his family — including his parents — were in court to support him.

Alleged Million Dollar 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. Mia Garcia, a spokeswoman at the Attorney General’s office, said Richards stole money from the employee benefits account by misusing her position as its security manager. Richards, who was 59 when arrested in January, altered the access settings and gave herself “sole authority to both initiate and approve transactions,” Garcia said. 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.

U.S. judge prepares to sentence ex-lawer for tax fraud

Ex-attorney Karl Rominger is making a simple request to a federal judge who is preparing to sentence him for tax evasion. It can be summed up in two words: Have mercy. Rominger, 43, of Carlisle, is already serving a 5 1/2- to 18-year state prison term after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $767,000 of his clients’ money. He is asking U.S. Middle District Senior Judge Sylvia Rambo not to make his jail stay any longer when she sentences him next week in the tax case. Rambo does have the option of ordering Rominger to begin serving any prison sentence she would impose after he finishes his state prison stint. Costopoulos’ memorandum outlines the depth of the financial hole into which Rominger has plummeted. Rominger, who pleaded guilty in both the embezzlement and tax fraud cases, has blamed his crimes on a gambling addiction.

Bradford fraudster cons two women out of a quarter million pounds on Muslim dating website

A “MILLIONAIRE” fraudster from Bradford who conned two women outof nearly £250,000 after they met him on an Asian dating website was tonight beginning an eight-and-a-half year jail term. Tahmoor Khan told one of his victims that he was worth £2m, and when she travelled to Bradford to meet him he picked her up in a Bentley. Both of the women met the 32-year-old gamblingaddict via the singlemuslim.com website, but he took advantage of their hopes of finding love and marriage to swindle each of them out of more than £100,000. Bradford Crown Court heard today that feelings of shame and anxiety over what had happened to them led both women to think about suicide and one of them had made two attempts on her life.

Middletown woman pleads guilty to embezzling $535,000

A Middletown woman pled guilty to embezzling over a half-million dollars in stolen insurance funds. Diane M. Fabian, 66, was an employee of Wolf Strite Insurance Agency, and later Don Jacobs Insurance Services, Inc. Starting in at least 2008, she began forging customer names on company checks and would deposit the funds to her own account. To get the checks, she would inform the company that a client had been overbilled or that a refund was due — when in fact it was not. In other instances, insurance companies such as Liberty Mutual would issue a refund check, but Fabian would forge the customer’s name, deposit the check and keep the money. Fabian pleaded guilty Thursday to 76 charges of forgery, theft by deception, and theft by failure to make required disposition, scheming at least $535,000 in stolen insurance funds. Fabian admitted the scheme to detectives. She said that she was addicted to gambling, and spent much of the money at Hollywood Casino. She has since self excluded herself from the casino.

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