A Brief Look at Crime 03/06 – 03/12

Director of The Meeting Place homeless shelter charged with embezzlement  

The former director of a homeless shelter in Morganton is accused of stealing from the organization. Carswell, 37, has been charged with felony embezzlement by a charitable employee. On Aug. 26, investigators with MDPS began an investigation into suspicious financial activity at the homeless shelter. Investigators estimate the amount of embezzled funds is more than $100,000, according to the release. A four-month investigation led investigators to multiple transactions of the organization’s funds consisting of unauthorized cash withdrawals, personal purchases and the use of funds for gambling. The investigation examined transactions made by Carswell during the time period of March 2015 to August 2016, which included illegal use of funds at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

Lodi police investigating suspicious death, attempted robbery at Parkwest Casino

Lodi police sealed entry to the Parkwest Casino at 1800 S. Cherokee Lane on Friday morning as detectives investigated a dead body and the events leading up to the man’s death. At 7:39 a.m. Lodi police officers responded to reports of an attempted robbery at the casino. When officers arrived, they found a man dead, according to the Lodi Police Department. Detectives continued to investigate the scene throughout the day and could be seen walking in and out of the building, at times crossing the crime tape, which was whipping around in the high winds. Lodi Police Partners were stationed at each entrance to the parking lot to prevent cars from moving through the area. A San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputy and a corner were seen visiting the scene as well.

Former Supervisor At Laguna Pueblo Superette Pleads Guilty To Federal Embezzlement Charge  

The former supervisor at the Laguna Pueblo Superette, pled guilty Feb. 7 in federal court in Albuquerque to embezzling funds from the Pueblo of Laguna. Marshall J. Cheromiah, 32, of Mesita was charged in an indictment filed Nov. 5, 2015, with embezzling approximately $48,953.47 from the Pueblo of Laguna. According to the indictment, Cheromiah was working as an employee or agent of an Indian Tribal Organization when he committed the crime between July 2013 and Oct. 2014, in Cibola County. Cheromiah’s plea agreement states that Cheromiah was responsible for supervising the operation of the ATM machine and ordering cash deliveries from the Bank of Albuquerque for stocking the ATM with cash. In the plea agreement, Cheromiah admitted that, when the Bank delivered cash for the ATM, he would skim or siphon approximately $10,000 or $20,000 for himself, which he used for gambling, paying off loans for friends, and a pleasure trip to Las Vegas, Nev.

Madison man sentenced for stealing more than $1 million from Huntsville non-profit

Tuesday, a federal judge sentenced a former accountant with a Huntsville non-profit corporation to two and a half years in prison for defrauding the organization and the Internal Revenue Service. Reggious Sanchester Bell, 30, of Madison was sentenced on one count of federal program theft for stealing more than $1 million from the Huntsville Rehabilitation Foundation, which does business as Phoenix. Phoenix contracts with the government to place people with disabilities into government jobs. Bell must pay $1.1 million in restitution to Phoenix, and to its insurers, $71,947 to Indemnity Insurance Co. and $75,000 to Hartford Underwriters Insurance Co. Bell also must pay $81,768 to the IRS. “This defendant stole more than $1 million of taxpayer funds from a non-profit company that contracts to provide jobs and counseling to people with disabilities,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey. “He showed no regard for the harm he did the company he worked for or the people it served. He undercut a worthy mission so that he could spend money on personal indulgences, including gambling. I thank the IRS and the FBI for helping this office bring Mr. Bell to justice.”

Man arrested in St. Lucie County stabbing death of coworker

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of David Davis in connection with the murder of Quentin Lamar Jones. Deputies say Davis stabbed Jones, his coworker, off Okechobee Boulevard. He has been charged with first degree murder and armed robber. Deputies say he stole money from Jones after the attack. According to officials, Davis worked as a carnival vendor. He and his victim were getting the St. Lucie fairgrounds ready for fair this weekend. Chief Deputy Garry Wilson said the stabbing likely happened following a fight about money. Wilson said the two were gambling at Jai Alai & Poker in Fort Pierce. Jones lost his money and borrowed money from Davis, which Wilson said Jones lost again. They began arguing about money and were asked to leave the facility.They were dropped off at a nearby McDonald’s and continued walking and arguing. “Davis says that he and Jones continued their argument and was demanding that he be repaid for his money. Things got physical. Davis pulled out a knife and stabbed Jones several times in the neck and back,” Wilson said.

Two Shot Dead in San Manuel Casino Parking Structure

A man and woman were found dead inside a vehicle parked inside the San Manuel Casino parking structure Wednesday morning. At around 5:11 a.m. Sheriff’s dispatchers received the report and Central Station deputies responded to the parking structure located 777 San Manuel Boulevard in the City of Highland. When they arrived they located a man and a woman who appeared to have gunshot wounds. Both the man and woman were pronounced dead. Homicide investigators responded to the scene to assume the investigation. Sheriff’s officials said that autopsies will determine the cause and manner of death for the deceased man and woman. No suspects are at large at this time. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Michael Warrick or Sergeant Greg Myler, Homicide Detail (909) 387-3589.

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