Daily Archives: August 7, 2017

A Brief Look at Crime 07/24 – 07/30

Former Hudson Valley Comptroller Charged With Multi-million-Dollar Fraud

A local man, employed by two local companies, is accused of stealing over $2.5 million to fund his gambling and more. A complaint unsealed in Southern District of New York court charged Mark Cina, 56, of Pleasant Valley with mail fraud. The charge comes from an alleged scheme where Cina embezzled over $2.5 million from two Town of Poughkeepsie manufacturing companies where he was comptroller, over the course of at least seven years. One company’s work included a solar-powered ring of lights encircling the top of MetLife Stadium. The other local company molded plastic. Cina had authority to sign checks for the companies and use the companies’ credit cards and ATM cards, officials say. Cina is accused of using the stolen funds to gamble, pay his rent, drive rental cars, dine out, get his car washed, bail out an arrestee and pay a phone charge for an inmate’s call.

Former worker at PA casino indicted in money laundering scheme

A former Mount Airy Casino Resort worker has been indicted by the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania > in a money laundering conspiracy. According to U.S. Attorney Bruce Brandler, 30-year-old Ashley Brosius was charged “in a criminal information with conspiracy to commit money laundering,” the /Pocono Record/ reports. Brosius, a resident of Stroudsburg, was a former player-coordinator at the Mount Pocono casino. According to U.S. Attorney Brandler, Brosius and a co-conspirator, who has not been indicted, used names that were stolen along with personal identification numbers which were linked to player’s club cards. The unindicted co-conspirator reportedly aided Brosius in using the stolen information to create copies of player club cards. Brosius reportedly loaded the duplicate cards with free slot play credits and gave them to the individual to use to gamble primarily at the slots, according to the news agency. The Pocono Record reports that the criminal complaint alleges that the money laundering scheme began in November of 2014 and continued until November 2015. The fraudulent play reportedly amounted to approximately $140,000.

Death the only way out for couple who committed suicide

It was a case of “till death do us part” for the couple who committed suicide over mounting debts in Ampang. Family members had advised the woman, 36, to leave her husband who had a gambling habit but divorce was out of the question because she loved him too much. Death seemed like the only way out for her and her husband, 41, in the face of debts amounting to as much as RM10,000 owed to loan sharks. A friend, who only wanted to be known as Chen, 36, said the husband had a gambling problem for years and was unemployed, which caused the couple to be in constant debt. “He borrowed and she would be the guarantor,” she said when met at Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) on Saturday. Chen said the couple had made arrangements for their 13-year-old son to stay with his maternal grandparents before taking their lives.

FBI seizes $850,000 connected to illegal gambling case

The FBI has seized $850,000 in cash and watches from four Portland residents in connection to an investigation into illegal gambling. The four residents who were subject to seizure haven’t been criminally charged with any wrongdoing. The Portland Press Herald reports documents filed Monday in connection with the seizure contain references to portions of federal law that relate to illegal gambling, although they do not specifically say that investigators believe the cash is connected to illegal activity. A spokeswoman for the city says they are watching the case closely. Donald Clark, an assistant U.S. attorney and spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Portland, declined to discuss the seizure.

Treasurer stole £176,000 from Bristol Rovers Supporters Club to fund online gambling addiction

For decades Sandra Jaques was a devoted volunteer for Bristol Rovers Supporters Club. But, having been elected to the position of treasurer, when she fell under the grip of online gambling she dipped into the club’s coffers and paid herself £176,000. Jaques told police she became addicted to online gambling, using her own money initially and then the supporter’s club bank card. She said she was receiving counselling, she was sorry for what she had done and wanted to move to Spain at the conclusion of her court case. An impact statement from BRSC described Mrs Jaques as a “friend of long-standing, going back to childhood”. The club said her ability and loyalty had not been doubted and the club felt “sheer disbelief and betrayal”.

Woman steals $119K to feed gambling addiction, police say

A North Codorus Township woman was charged after she allegedly took $119,013 from her place of employment. Daniel Hoke, the owner of Hoke Mills Inc., told police that he discovered on March 18 that his company’s bank account was not reflecting what the deposit books were showing, according to an affidavit filed with District Judge Tony Little. Hoke’s accountant audited the deposit books and bank account, which found discrepancies in the amount of $119,013, the affidavit states. He told police two employees would prepare the deposits and Kale, the business manager, always took the deposits to the bank. Hoke also told police that Kale admitted to him that she took money from the deposits, police said in the affidavit. On April 4, police spoke with Kale, who told them she took the money. She said she was not aware of the total amount she had taken, but knew it was more than $100,000, the affidavit states. She also told police she has a gambling addiction.

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