A Brief Look at Crime 05/01 – 05/07

Shooting outside Argosy Casino leaves man critically injured

Police in Riverside are investigating a shooting outside the Argosy Casino that left one man critically injured early Saturday. The man was shot around 5 a.m. in the valet area of the casino, according to media reports. The victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Authorities from surrounding law enforcement agencies assisted in the search for two suspects, but neither was found.

June Jury Trial Set for Accused CU CEO Embezzler

A June jury trial is set for Nita Rae Nirschl a former president/CEO who was charged with embezzling more than $5 million from $13.3 million Parsons Pittsburg Credit Union that led to its insolvency. During an April 12 hearing in U.S. District Court in Wichita, Kan., the 64-year-old former executive was arraigned on an 81-count indictment including 22 counts of embezzlement, 37 counts of money laundering, 18 counts of interstate transportation of stolen property and four counts of attempting to evade taxes. Federal prosecutors charged that she embezzled more than $5 million from the credit union over four years. The indictment alleged Nirschl deposited stolen funds into her personal accounts. She also allegedly withdrew the funds from ATMs at casinos at Missouri, Oklahoma, New Orleans and Lake Tahoe. Nirschl admitted that she and her husband wagered millions at casinos and typically broke even, but she denied gambling using credit union funds when questioned by examiners during an audit in January 2014.

Mother, 32, is jailed for 18 months after stealing £100,000 from her company

A mother who plundered almost £100,000 from her company and even stole cash while partying in Ibiza has been jailed. Natalie Akinola took so much money from ESS Birmingham that the electrical contractor went bust and six workers – including her brother – lost their jobs. The 32-year-old accessed the company’s system to take cash during her sunshine holiday and even stole wedding gift money meant to help pay staff wages. Passing sentence Judge Murray Creed said: ‘There is a really high degree of trust. ‘I believe it was sophisticated and planned over a sustained period.’ Akinola was responsible for the daily running of the ESS office as well as its accounts and payments to suppliers. Akinola told police she stole the money to pay off someone else’s gambling debt, as well as unsecured loan sharks.

Mercedes-Benz salesman stole £128,000 after ‘second chance’ at dealership

A car salesman who was given a “second chance” after attempting tocover up his criminal past has been jailed after stealing £128,770from Listers Mercedes-Benz in Grimsby. Grimsby Crown Court heard how 49-year-old Darren Thornton, of Marlborough Drive, Scunthorpe, had been sacked by another branch for covering up his convictions but was handed a £58,000 job after the dealership decided to give him a chance. The show of faith proved misplaced, however, when Thornton admitted taking the six-figure sum via fraud and money laundering between May 1, 2015 and June 3 last year. Dealer principal Steve Kilford was told by a sales executive a short time later that Thornton had taken £8,000 cash from a customer and paid it into his personal account, however. After concerns were raised about another £15,000 Thornton confessed, telling his employers to go to the police before blaming gambling debts from his past as the trigger of his stealing. Lowe said: “The defendant took skilful steps to cover his tracks to prevent the fraud being discovered.

Priest Accused Of Stealing $500K For Gambling 

A prominent religious figure in Philadelphia is accused of embezzling more than $500,000 from the Catholic Church to fund a lavish lifestyle that included trips to local casinos. The federal government said earlier this month that Msgr. William Dombrow, 77, went gambling at Harrah’s Casino in Chester with money that was for a home for retired priests. Dombrow was in charge of the home’s finances. The government said that the scheme went on for nearly nine years until the bank became suspicious of some transactions and alerted the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. According to Philly.com, Dombrow was charged with four counts of wire fraud by way of a criminal information. If convicted, he could face 80 years in prison. His attorney said that Dombrow is “ashamed to have shed such a bad light on the Archdiocese.”

Dombrow’s case isn’t the first of its kind. In 2014, a priest in Ottawa was sentenced to a year in prison after admitting to stealing $130,000 from the church to fund his gambling addiction. In 2015, a Roman Catholic priest in Massachusetts was given five years of probation for stealing a sum of $240,000 to feed his years-long gambling habit. Catholic nuns and Buddhist monks have also been charged with stealing money to fund casino trips.

Police say dispute over drugs, gambling led to Boynton shootings 

 

A 31-year-old Boynton Beach man was arrested Thursday in connection with a shooting that occurred in January in the northern end of the city. Police say that James Young II shot two men the evening of Jan. 24 during an argument over drugs and gambling. He faces charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and marijuana possession. Young was released Saturday from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting $203,000 bail. Detectives received numerous anonymous tips indicating that Young was the gunman. They obtained a warrant to search his apartment. It was unclear from the police report whether investigators found video evidence of the shooting. However, officers did find a bag filled with marijuana, an electronic scale and clear plastic bags, according to the report. One of the shooting victims gave police a brief statement before being rushed into the surgery.

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