A Brief Look at Crime 06/12 – 06/18

Kitchener man jailed for brazen ATM crime spree 

It was a brazen crime spree that cost businesses more than $1 million. Over two months in 2016, under cover of darkness, an organized group of thieves stole trucks from local dealerships and smashed them through windows of a string of businesses, many in Kitchener. They chained ATMs to the back of the truck, dragged out the cash machines and took all the money. Total cost of the crimes was pegged at $1.4 million, but only $72,490 of this was cash stolen from ATMs. The largest loss was $870,000 in stolen vehicles, followed by $387,120 in damage caused, and $114,300 in cash and property stolen during break-ins. Epstein said Nguyen’s role was minimal, but he was a “full, willing participant in the crime.” Nguyen was a gambling addict who turned to crime to pay off his losses at the poker table. The judge said he’s satisfied Nguyen’s addiction played a role in the crimes.

Dozens dead after gunman torches Philippine casino

A masked gunman set fire to a gaming room at a casino in the Philippine capital on Friday, igniting a toxic blaze that killed 37 people, authorities said, but they insisted it was not a terrorist attack. The victims suffocated inside one of the main gambling venues of the upscale Resorts World Manila, while dozens of other people were injured in a panicked crush to escape, police said. The gunman committed suicide inside a hotel room by burning himself about five hours after storming the casino with an M4 assault rifle and a bottle of petrol that he used to start the fire, police chief Ronald Dela Rosa said. Dela Rosa and other police chiefs insisted the assailant was not carrying out a terrorist attack, pointing out he did not shoot anyone, and said it appeared to be a bizarre robbery attempt by a “deranged” man.However 37 people died from inhaling smoke from a fire that spread quickly because of flammable carpet on the gaming room floors, local police chief Tomas Apolinario told AFP.

FBI Arrests Lucchese Mobsters for Gambling Offences, Fraud and Murder

According to a court filing on May 31, 19 mafia-type figures were arrested in a New York City charged with a host of crimes. Many of those taken in by the FBI’s Organized Crime Task Force and members of the NYPD were linked to the infamous Lucchese family. Known as one of the five crime families that control New York City’s underworld, the Lucchese family has shared a close relationship with high profile mobsters over the years, including the Gambinos. As outlined in the indictments, this life of crime has led a rap sheet that now reads like something from a Hollywood movie. As well as nicknames such as Paulie Roast Beef and Spanish Carmine, the 30-page court document lists crimes such as racketeering, wire fraud, possession of a weapon, gambling, narcotics and murder. Members of the family are no strangers to the long arm of the law. In fact, two of the crime syndicate’s bosses, Joseph DiNapoli and Matthew Madonna, pleaded guilty and received prison sentences back in 2016 for running an illegal gambling operation and racketeering.

Store manager with ‘gambling addiction’ is jailed for theft

A shop manager who stole close to £150,000 to fund a gambling addiction was jailed for ten months. Ownership of the business was transferred and on 23 July last year, an operations manager “noticed an anomaly of £600,” said Mr Murphy but he added that further investigations revealed no money had bee lodged that month at all and that according to sale figures, “about £144,000 was unaccounted for.” McAllen’s father told the s managers “all of the money had gone to the bookies.” Mr Murphy told the court that both the staff and owner at Tommy French bookmakers were spoken to betting slips revealed how a massive £629,846 had gone through the betting shop between stakes and w including stakes of more than £100,000 in a single day.

Patco Electric employee allegedly embezzles $160,000

Bond was set and a preliminary court date scheduled Thursday for Rhonda Laminack, a former Patco Electric employee, who allegedly stole over $160,000 from the company over a period of three years. According to the report, Duncan Police interviewed Laminack on May 4, where she allegedly admitted that she had taken money from Patco without the company’s knowledge. Laminack allegedly claimed the amount she had taken was closer to $140,000; and had been used to fund her gambling problem, help a child without work, and assist with a sick family member. Laminack told police that she had attempted to contact Patterson to make arrangements to return the money. According to the affidavit, during a follow up interview between Duncan Police and Patterson; Patterson told police that Laminack had been fired the previous day, and that upon her firing, Laminack had allegedly told Patterson that she would repay the money if he would not file charges.

Former office manager stole $430,000 from Sheboygan firm

A former office manager at Sheboygan-based *Beaudry Electric Motors* has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $430,000 from the company over a two-year period. Lynette Lomibao entered a guilty plea in the U.S District Court for Eastern Wisconsin earlier this month to charges of wire fraud and making false statements to the IRS. Lomibao began embezzling from the company, which specializes in electrical motor repair and rebuilding, in August 2011 by creating false vendor bills for fictitious services or items, according to her plea agreement. She would then pay the bills by transferring money from the company’s U.S. Bank account to personal checking accounts she held at Sheboygan Area Credit Union, Guaranty Bank and Wells Fargo Bank. The funds were used to buy furniture, take trips, pay bills and for gambling at Oneida Casino, according to court documents.

Washington state man who served time for fraud in 2007 gets charged again

A Washington man who once served time in prison for defrauding his neighbor out of about $800,000 has been arrested again — this time along with his wife, after authorities said they tricked investors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more. Prosecutors said the Hongs lied about their investment credentials and failed to disclose Hong’s 2007 fraud conviction as they solicited millions of dollars in purported investments, largely from members of religious organizations, since 2011. One California church invested $1 million and lost about $300,000 on a single trade, authorities said, and the Hongs withdrew about $150,000 of it as “advisor fees.” “About the only positive thing I can find (to say) about Mr. Hong is that he may have a gambling problem,” U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said during that sentencing hearing.

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