A Brief Look at Crime 03/13 – 03/19

Suspect killed in officer shooting at Reno casino 

A robbery suspect who police say was seen with a gun while fleeing from officers was shot and killed by police inside a downtown Reno casino, authorities said Thursday. No police officers or bystanders were hurt, and there was no continuing threat after the shooting about 11:30 a.m. at the Eldorado Hotel & Casino, Sparks police Officer Ken Gallop said. Gallop didn’t say if a weapon was found after the shooting, and said he couldn’t immediately say whether the suspect was a man or a woman. The chase began with a report of a robbery near Commercial Row and West Street, Gallop said. That’s about two blocks from the Eldorado and the iconic downtown arch reading, “The Biggest Little City in the World.” It ended near a second-floor restaurant in the multi-story downtown casino-hotel with more than 800 rooms.

Gambling addict embezzled £134,000 from Post Office

Daryl Louden, 26, stole the money from his workplace in Ferry Road, Edinburgh, over a period of eight months in 2016 and spent it on online gambling sites. At the city’s sheriff court on Thursday, fiscal depute Anthony Steele said Louden was caught after telling area manager David Richardson he did not want to be considered for promotion. Mr Richardson became curious about Louden’s reasons and carried out a spot check at the Post Office during which he realised £134,177 was missing. He then confronted Louden about the missing cash, at which point the employee confessed and told him he planned to pay it back. Louden told Mr Richardson he had a gambling addiction “which had ruined a relationship and his life”. Defence solicitor Jennifer McEvinney told the court her client had had online accounts with three betting companies, gambling on football and horse racing.

MSP seeks embezzlement charge against SW Mich. priest

A Catholic priest who authorities say stole more than $213,000 from the southwest Michigan churches where he was pastor could face a felony embezzlement charge. Michigan State Police requested the charge against Rev. Richard Fritz on Thursday. The Branch County prosecutor is expected to make a decision about whether to file that charge in about a week. The allegations came to light last year after an audit of the finances at St. Mary’s and St. Barbara. Police confirmed in November that gambling is the “undertone” of their investigation. Workers at a convenience store across the street from St. Mary’s told 24 Hour News 8 that Fritz spent hundreds of dollars a day — sometimes up to $500 — on lottery tickets. A gas station worker near St. Barbara also said Fritz stopped by to buy lottery tickets.

Woman who stole from Missouri Lottery winner sentenced

A former Kansas City woman who stole more than $400,000 from a Missouri Lottery winner has been sentenced to five years in federal prison. Freya Pearson, of Conyers, Georgia, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City. She also was ordered to pay $441,830 to the victim, a 61-year-old former hospital housekeeper. The victim won $2.4 million in the Missouri Lottery in 2008. Because of the fraud, she is now financially insolvent. Prosecutors say Pearson convinced the woman to withdraw her lottery money from an annuity she had established and deposit it in three checking accounts Pearson established. Pearson spent much of the money on gambling, vehicles and travel. Pearson also fraudulently obtained federal housing benefits and didn’t pay some taxes, causing a total loss of $640,667.

Man sentenced for embezzling $350,000 from Sunnyvale pizzeria

A San Jose septuagenarian was sentenced to probation Thursday for embezzling about $350,000 from a popular Sunnyvale pizzeria, officials said Friday. The embezzlement took place from 2006 to 2012, possibly longer, prosecutors said. In that period, Landino spent more than $1 million on gambling at casinos in California and Nevada, including the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, which bills itself as “Silicon Valley’s place to play.” He also used company money and customer checks on other personalexpenses, officials said. In 2011, Landino’s co-owner grew suspicious and began to take a closer look at the restaurant’s financial records, eventually discovering the embezzlement, prosecutors said. Landino was convicted of felony embezzlement, forgery and tax evasion at trial in September 2016. As restitution, he has relinquished his stake in Giovanni’s New York Pizzeria.

Boynton man gets two years for embezzlement he blames on gambling 

A 59-year-old Boynton Beach man was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to get help for a gambling problem that he claimed led him to embezzle roughly $1.7 million from construction companies where he worked. Alan Gainsborg was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra to pay $1.1 million in restitution to MSP Enterprises Inc. and PH Developers LLC, two Boynton Beach development companies owned by Michael With the help of a Deerfield Beach man who wasn’t charged, federal prosecutors claim Gainsborg sent fake invoices to Puder. When Puder questioned the bills, Gainsborg ran them through two general contractors. Those men, however, didn’t know Gainsborg was stealing from Puder and didn’t make any money on the scam, prosecutors said.

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