A Brief Look at Crime 11/06 – 11/12

Gambling addict ‘killed dad and daughter, 8, when he torched their house to destroy CCTV of him robbing

A GAMBLING addict killed a dad and daughter when he torched their home to destroy CCTV footage of him robbing a neighbour, a court heard. Daniel Jones is accused of pouring petrol through the letterbox of the Broadhead family house after he stole from a safe in a nearby home. The 29-year-old, who had a “major gambling problem”, filled up containers with petrol before starting the horrific blaze at 4.17am, Leeds Crown Court heard. Neighbours rushed to save the family and rescued mum Sara Broadhead and elder daughter Mia, now 36 and 14. But the “smoke and heat from the fire made it impossible” for them to rescue Andrew, 42, and Kiera, eight. Both were pronounced dead at the scene in Wakefield, West Yorks. Prosecuting, Jonathan Sharp, said: “This is a tragic case in many ways. Andrew and Sara Broadhead lived with their daughters Mia and Kiera.

Guns, money and drugs seized during illegal gambling bust in San Bernardino

Police seized several guns, gambling machines, some drugs and in excess of $100,000 in cash from several locations in San Bernardino — all part of a crackdown on illegal gambling, police said. “We’ve got multiple people in custody,” said San Bernardino police Lt. Mike Madden about the operation that targeted five businesses and one residence. Madden identified the owner of the locations as Jihad Saker, 57, of San Bernardino. He was arrested but information was not immediately available about the bail amount set. Fourteen people were arrested but names were not immediately available Thursday afternoon. Locations that were raided included a site in the 1700 block of Base Line and another in the 1100 block of West 17th Street, officials said. Some 35 gaming machines were seized along with computer hard drives. All five locations were associated with the same group of people, officials said.

Former Skagway tribal administrator signs guilty plea admitting to embezzlement

A former Skagway tribal administrator has signed a guilty plea admitting to embezzlement. Delia Commander used tribal government funds to pay for things like gambling and personal travel. Commander worked as tribal administrator of the Skagway Traditional Council between 2008 and 2014. Her unauthorized purchases were discovered when a new administrator took over. She was indicted by an Anchorage grand jury in May. In the plea agreement signed late last month, Commander admits to one of four embezzlement charges. In return for pleading guilty to embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization, the U.S. Attorney’s office will dismiss three charges of embezzling from an organization receiving federal funding. The two parties agree that Commander caused a loss of between $250,000 and $550,000. The Skagway Traditional Council receives the majority of its funding from the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The council also gets project funding from the EPA. The plea deal says Commander misused more than $250,000 in tribal funds over a four-year period. She spent tribal money on school tuition, gambling, credit card debt and a trip to Hawaii with her daughter.

Gambling care home manager plundered £100k from frail 97-year-old resident and blew it on BING

A gambling care home manager plundered £100,00 from a frail 97-year-old resident’s account before before blowing it in BINGO halls. Heartless Carleen Wilkins used the woman’s card and pin to withdraw the maximum amount of cash from the victim’s account almost EVERY DAY since 2012. The ruthless 40-year-old even took the confused pensioner to Lloyds bank in Handsworth to withdraw £4000 in cash, where her dishonesty finally came to light. The court heard the defendant “gambled away” the cash she stole at bingo halls and casinos. Wilkins, of Overdale Road, Quinton, who had previously admitted theft, was sentenced to 31 months at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday. “She was described by her employer as someone who could be trusted, “ said Amrisha Parathalingam, prosecuting. Christian Wasunna, defending, said Wilkins had already been gambling before she started her employment and she had hoped to pay back the money she had taken through winnings.

Ex-banker gets 5-year sentence for stealing customers’ money

A former assistant manager at a central Indiana bank has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from depositors’ accounts. Sixty-five-year-old Diane Renee Bizzell said during Monday’s sentencing that she stole the money from customers at a First Merchants Bank in Muncie after becoming addicted to playing the slot machines at the Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson. The Muncie woman pleaded guilty in August to seven counts of theft, six counts of identity deception and one count of check fraud. The Star Press reports a First Merchants official told the Delaware County judge that the cost to the bank and its insurance company exceeded $470,000 in replenishing the victims’ accounts and conducting an investigation of Bizzell’s actions.

Waitress charged with swiping $470K from elderly woman

A Brooklyn waitress who played nice with an elderly widow — to siphon off nearly half a million bucks from the 84-year-old’s bank account — has been indicted, authorities said Tuesday. Alicia Legall was charged with grand larceny and identity theft for pocketing $470,000 from the victim — dough she blew at the racetracks and casino and on lingerie, according to the Brooklyn DA’s office. Legall, 46, first met her victim at the diner where the waitress worked in 2002, authorities said. She then spent years gaining access to the woman’s personal information, including her birthday, address, Social Security number and banking and credit card information, officials said. The widow, thinking the pair were friends, gave Legall permission to use her card to make small purchases for her at an area drug store, authorities said. Instead, Legall allegedly charged $73,399 in cash advances and $204,390 in purchases — dropping money at Apple, JetBlue, Victoria’s Secret, New York Racing Authority’s buffets and bars, the Belmont Racetrack, Harrah’s in Atlantic City and hotels, clubs and restaurants across Florida.

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