Daily Archives: June 5, 2017

A Brief Look at Crime 05/22-6/04

Casino guard dies after wrestling assault suspect 

A security guard at Seneca Niagara Casino went into cardiac arrest and died early Saturday after subduing a man who had reportedly assaulted a female patron inside the casino’s Stir nightclub. Niagara Falls police said the suspect tried to flee the area after punching the woman in the throat shortly before 3 a.m., but he was caught by Thomas Dardes, who was working security. Dardes wrestled with the man briefly. After the suspect was detained, Dardes was out-of-breath and looked pale, casino employees told police. He went to a room to lie down and then went into cardiac arrest, according to police. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Quynshod R. Johnson-Taylor, 23, of Ferry Avenue, was charged with third-degree menacing and second-degree harassment in connection with the incident, police said. It was not clear whether additional charges would be considered because of the security guard’s death.

Gambling machine company owner pleads guilty to criminal charges in $240 million enterprise

The “principal” owner of Forest Park-based Sudama Resorts LLC, a company that last week agreed to forfeit $1.6 million in a racketeering and illegal gambling lawsuit, pleaded guilty Monday to criminal charges. Sandip Patel, 41, pleaded guilty to three counts of commercial gambling. As part of a plea agreement, he was sentenced to one year on house arrest followed by four years on probation. In order to be legal, the games must require an element of skill and cash payouts are prohibited. Winnings can be redeemed for store credit, gas, merchandise or lottery tickets. Sudama Resorts, the owner of 600 machines placed at 100 locations across the state, self-reported that $15 million was played between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, Cooke said during Patel’s plea hearing Monday in Bibb County Superior Court. In the last five years players have fed $240 million into Sudama machines and been paid $168 million, he said.

Husband of woman who stole nearly $13M faces fed tax charges

The husband of a woman convicted of sealing nearly $13 million from a Pittsburgh monuments and engraving firm has been charged with filing three fraudulent joint federal tax returns understating their income.The Robinson Township woman has agreed to forfeit three homes, a yacht and two other boats, at least eight cars, and other items bought with the money, though her attorney, Phil DiLucente, has said she blew most of the money on casino gambling. Under federal law, even stolen money must be declared as income and the charges filed against Gary Mills allege he didn’t include that income in the returns he jointly filed with his wife. Gary Mills faces up to three years in prison for each of the fraudulent returns he allegedly filed. Online court records show he’s due in court for arraignment May 25 and doesn’t have an attorney. Cynthia Mills pleaded guilty to charges including mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion and to one count of “engaging in monetary transactions in criminally derived property.” She must make payments toward the $12.9 million she stole, too.

Lee’s Summit Woman Sentenced in Million Dollar Garmin, Black and Veatch, Tristar Embezzlement Schemes

A Lee’s Summit, MO woman was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for a series of embezzlement schemes totaling more than $1.5 million. Kansas City, MO – infoZine – Patricia Webb, 44, of Lee’s Summit, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to eight years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Webb to pay $1,564,745 in restitution to her victims. Webb admitted that she embezzled at least $1,526,594 in total from Garmin International, Black and Veatch and TriStar Benefit Administrators over the course of four years, 2012 through 2016. Webb registered a business in the name of “Beauty Within Me” and opened a bank account in the name of the business. She then utilized this bank account to divert money stolen from her victims. An analysis of Webb’s bank account shows a large amount of spending at casinos and cash withdrawals at casinos. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the FBI.

Busted: Cocaine found in 5 greyhounds at Derby Lane

State officials revoked a racing greyhound trainer’s license after five dogs tested positive for cocaine after a race in January. According to records from the state’s *Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Malcolm McAllister’s racing license was permanently revoked April 24. Urine samples for the dogs were taken by state employees following races at the St. Petersburg Kennel Club — known as Derby Lane — in January. Records show Florida’s greyhound industry has had 46 cocaine positives since 2008. It’s unclear how the dogs ingested the drug or whether it was intentionally administered. Carey Theil, the executive director of GREY2K USA, a nonprofit industry watchdog group, said regulators never investigate how dogs get cocaine in their systems. “There’s really only two scenarios,” said Theil. “An outright attempt to fix races, or the individuals who are caring for the dogs are using cocaine and the dogs came in contact with it in some way.” Theil said there have been other positive cocaine tests of racing dogs, but never five at a time.

John ‘Tugboat’ Tognino admits he has a problem before pleading guilty to illegal gambling biz with another mobster

An accused mob goon admitted to both his gambling addiction and betting business in open court on Friday — part of a massive deal with dozens of wiseguys that will take place in the coming weeks. John (Tugboat) Tognino is one of two mobsters busted during a massive racketeering takedown in August 2016. Tognino and Anthony (Tony the Wig) Vazzano each pleaded guilty Friday to one federal count of participating in an illegal gambling business. He also claimed to have been “institutionalized for a month” in the 1980s for “pathological gambling.” The illegal gambling operations included a place called the Yonkers Club in the Bronx, which held poker tournaments and took bets on horses. The pleas make them the first of nearly 40 wiseguys also expected to admit they took part in illegal activities.

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