A Brief Look at Crime 01/09 – 01/15

1 employee dead, 1 hurt in shooting at Oklahoma casino

Authorities say one person is dead and another is injured after a shooting involving two employees at an Oklahoma casino. The shooting happened Tuesday morning at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, about 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The casino is run by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. The tribe’s police chief, James Collard, says the shooting occurred in an administrative area and not on the casino’s floor. He says no other employees or casino visitors were at risk. Citizen Potawatomi Nation spokeswoman Jennifer Bell says the casino is secure and that the tribe is working with tribal, federal and state law enforcement in the investigation.

Former tribal leaders indicted on charges they looted $6 million from Corning’s Rolling Hills Casino

Three former officials of the tribe that owns the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning were indicted Thursday on charges they embezzled at least $6 million from the tribal coffers and used the money to purchase cars, international junkets, gold coins and landscaping for their homes with such features as koi ponds and a putting green. The 69-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Sacramento alleges that John Crosby, the tribe’s onetime economic development director; Ines Crosby, his mother and the former tribal administrator; and Leslie Lohse, Ines Crosby’s sister and the former tribal treasurer, engaged in a sweeping conspiracy to loot the tribal bank accounts, then lied to FBI agents investigating the matter. The indictment follows years of controversy involving the tribal government and the casino. Warring factions in the tribe at various times engaged in an armed standoff outside the casino, went to court over control of the casino and endured a cyberattack that destroyed computer records – one that the indictment blames on the three defendants. The dispute also included a lawsuit claiming wrongdoing under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act that named the defendants and more than a dozen others.

Second man to stand trial in $1.2 million swindle of elderly woman

A Nevada man accused of assisting a Joplin man in bilking almost $1.2 million out of an elderly woman has been ordered bound over for trial. Buller is accused of assisting Eric S. Davis, 40, of Joplin, in deceiving an elderly Nevada woman into selling all her stock in a major oil company and giving the cash to Davis to help him get out of legal trouble that they convinced her he was facing in a court in Kansas City. An examination of her living trust account at a bank by an investigator with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services determined that between January 2011 and February 2012, the woman made 16 cash withdrawals totaling almost $1.2 million in amounts ranging from $20,000 to $95,000. Eric Davis purportedly told an investigator that he was a regular patron at a casino in Oklahoma and “may have gambled away” all the money he received from an elderly woman.

Hawaiian Gardens Casino Part of Money Laundering Probe: Could Lose License

A Los Angeles area casino, the Hawaiian Gardens Casino, may lose its gambling license following accusations made by the California Bureau of Gambling Control that executives of the property failed to comply with federal anti-money laundering laws. The Gardens Casino has already admitted to deficiencies in its ability to obey the federal law, according to state and federal officials. “In view of that nondisclosure and admitted violations of federal and state laws, respondents continued licensure undermines the public trust that licensed gambling does not endanger the public health, safety and welfare,” the accusation reads. A hearing on this matter is yet to be scheduled and, as such, the casino will be allowed to remain open.

1.5M accounts exposed after eSports org balks at hacker’s ransom demand

The eSports Entertainment Association (ESEA)confirmed today that an unidentified malefactor breached ESEA servers last year, then published a trove of ESEA user data online this month after their attempts to ransom the data were rebuffed. This is significant because of the size of the breach: ESEA is one of the largest /Counter-Strike /communities in the world, [who recently came under illegal gambling allegations], and a representative of ESL (Electronic Sports League, the parent company of ESEA since 2015) told CSO today that roughly 1.5 million accounts had been exposed by the afore-mentioned data leak. (It’s also something you should know about if you happen to have ever created an ESEA account!) Devs who oversee their own vaults of player data may be curious to read ESEA’s timeline of how the whole thing played out: it all started when a “threat actor” reportedly contacted the company in late December asking for a bounty of $100,000, or else they would publish a parcel of info that encompassed both player data and ESEA tech data.

Tampa lawyer accused of bilking nearly $1 Million from clients’ trust accounts

As the I-Team uncovered, a local attorney is now under suspension by the Florida Bar, after bank records show he spent nearly a million dollars of clients’ money at casinos, gun stores and fancy restaurants. The Florida Bar subpoenaed hundreds of pages of bank records related to that case, which appear to show Clark transferred money from his client’s trust accounts into his own bank account. They show Clark spent more than $518,000 at the Hard Rock Casino, $13,000 at bars and liquor stores, $21,000 at gun stores and $17,000 on meals at a casino steakhouse. Clark also paid for vacations in the Bahamas, London, Paris and Amsterdam. The Florida Supreme Court issued an emergency suspension of Clark’s law license, which went into effect last month. After multiple attempts to locate Clark, we found him working on his BMW at his South Tampa home, which is under foreclosure.

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