A Brief Look at Crime 10/02 – 10/08

Man Ordered to Pay Back Money Stolen From Gambling Pal He Dismembered

Ming Jiang, who dismembered his friend’s body and dumped his torso in a suitcase, _*is refusing to leave his cell Jiang was ordered to pay back the tens of thousands of pounds he stole from his victim. Jiang, a professional fraudster, was sentenced to life for the brutal murder of his gambling pal Yang Liu at his flat in Beswick then dumping his torso in a suitcase found burned in a lay-by next to the A628 near Tintwistle in Derbyshire. The victim’s limbs were never recovered. The savage killer then stole Mr Liu’sidentity and attempted to steal money and assets in order to pay off his gambling debts totalling nearly £275,000. He was ordered to pay £48,188 by Judge John Potter within three months or risk another 12 months being added to his sentence.

Gambling Addict brutally murdered his two children in failed murder suicide

Kathleen, from Bagnelstown, Co Carlow, revealed she uncovered an email and suspected suicide note penned by the fiend urging their loved ones to “raise a glass to Kathleen and the boys”. Gardai believe the gambling addict wrote the sinister message over fears his €56,000 embezzlement scam of a local community would be uncovered. And just days after his fraud came to light, the killer drove his children to Mayo before murdering them and dumping their bodies in the boot of his car. He was later arrested after he failed in a bid to kill himself by driving his Ford Focus into a wall. Speaking exclusively to the Irish Sun on the fourth anniversary of the horrific double murder, a distraught Kathleen confirmed her plans to divorce the child-killer.

‘Boomer and Carton’ radio host Craig Carton arrested

Sports radio host Craig Carton was arrested Wednesday on fraud charges alleging he operated a Ponzi scheme and engaged in a ticket-selling scam that raised over $5 million, partly to repay millions of dollars in gambling debts. Conspiracy, securities and wire fraud charges were unsealed in Manhattan federal court against the host of WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show. He was arrested at his Manhattan home before dawn, before he was scheduled to go on air, authorities said. In a related civil case, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Carton in mid-2016 solicited investments in ticket reselling enterprises after he accrued millions of dollars’ worth of gambling-related debts to casinos and other third parties. The SEC said he provided fabricated and forged documents to investors, claiming access to large quantities of face-value tickets to upcoming concerts by artists including Adele, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Roger Waters, Metallica, and Barbra Streisand.

Former financial adviser to Mike Tyson and Glen Rice sentenced for embezzling $1 million

Brian J. Ourand, 56, a former executive with a Washington, D.C.-based management group owned by Live Nation Entertainment, pleaded guilty in federal court in February to one count of wire fraud and agreed to pay back $1 million that he embezzled from Tyson, Rice and two other athletes and spent on personal services, travel, dining and gambling debts, among other purchases. “All I can say is I am sorry for the pain, shame and embarrassment that I caused for the clients, and for family and friends,” said Ourand now of Chicago. His defense had sought a sentence of one year, citing letters of support from family members, colleagues, friends, teachers and another client, basketball player Rod Strickland. U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan disagreed, saying, “the position of trust that you abused,” the nature of the offense, Ourand’s relatively privileged background “and the egregious manner in which you stole from clients merits a higher sentence.”

Attorney general Shapiro announces arrests in Westmoreland, Fayette video poker machine scheme

Two Scottdale men face charges related to 126 illegal video poker machines seized from 25 bars in Westmoreland and Fayette counties, according to state Attorney General Josh Shapiro. James Tartal, 54, and Edward DeLuca, 50, both of Scottdale, are charged with operating a corrupt organization, conspiracy, possession of illegal gambling devices and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities. The pair operated Zucco Vending, according to the attorney general’s office, placing poker machines in bars throughout the two counties and allegedly paying out illegal winnings in the fall of 2014. Undercover agents played the machines and received payouts, according to a release from Shapiro’s office. In addition to payouts, the machines also violate state law by being equipped with internal “knock off” devices that erase a player’s credits following a payout. Investigators seized $312,000 in cash from a safe in a hidden room in Tartal’s home. Investigators seized another $84,000 in cash from a warehouse in Scottdale. And, a total of $241,422 in five bank accounts controlled by Zucco Vending at PNC Bank were frozen by police. PNC Bank was responsive to law enforcement’s requests for information.

Celebrity Art Dealer Jonathan Poole Jailed After Stealing $668,000 Worth Of Art

An art dealer who was most known for fraternizing with artists, celebrities, rock stars, supermodels, and business elites has been jailed for stealing various forms of artwork over thirty years, including paintings and sculptures. The 69-year-old Jonathan Poole was put in prison for four years after being compared to the famous villain from the film “The Thomas Crown Affair.” Poole worked out of two separate galleries throughout his life and specialized in selling artwork created by stars like Miles Davis, John Lennon, and former Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. According to the prosecutors of the case, Poole is believed to have used the money to fund gambling problems, service debts, or for a possible retirement fund. Jonathan pleaded guilty to twenty-six different offenses including fraud against nine different people and the artwork in total was over $668,000.

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