Monthly Archives: November 2017

A Brief Look at Crime 10/23 – 10/29

Gambler embezzles £330k from employers

A financial controller who embezzled £330,000 from his employer to fund a high-rolling gambling habit has been jailed for four years. Paul Robinson, who’s online poker account processed £462,000 within 18 months, also splashed out on home improvements. He treated himself to a £38,000 BMW car and a gold bar. The 44-year-old, who was earning £35,000-a-year, was convicted by a jury of stealing £330,875 from Bakers Waste Services Ltd, in Enderby, Leicestershire, between July 2013 and January 2015.He falsely claimed his boss, Paul Baker, had routinely gifted him tens of thousands of pounds for turning a blind eye to alleged bad business practices and for cooking the books. The jury reached an 11 to one majority guilty verdict, rejecting Robinson’s version of events, which sought to tarnish the reputation of managing director, Mr Baker, who built up his successful waste collection, recycling and skip hire company in 2002, as a sole trader with just one lorry.

Vegas Police Look for More Victims in Casino Guard Rape Case

Authorities in Las Vegas say they’re looking for more possible sexual assault victims after a 39-year-old casino security guard was arrested and charged with raping a woman in a Strip resort stairwell. Officer Jacinto Rivera, a Las Vegas police spokesman, said Wednesday an investigation is continuing into Robert Ray Laws’ activities at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Laws was arrested Sept. 6 in an investigation of a woman’s report that she was attacked Sept. 4. Rivera says police think there may be other victims. Laws is being held at the Clark County jail on $150,000 bail pending an Oct. 12 preliminary hearing of evidence on sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary charges.

Mohegan Sun blackjack scam results in one year prison sentence for mother of seven

A Massachusetts woman who was caught out scamming a casino out of nearly $80,000 has been sent to jail for a year. Marlena Rivera, 38, and a mother of seven, will see five years of probation follow the sentence that was handed down by the New London Superior Court, Connecticut. According to the Norwich Bulletin, Rivera pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny charges, which resulted from her scheme to defraud Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun casino, allegedly working with one of casino’s blackjack dealers. In total, the scam saw $78,000 swiped from the Mohegan Sun.

Ex-boss of Tucson trucking school facing federal fraud charges

The former head of a Tucson truck-driving school is facing 16 felony counts, accused of embezzling nearly $1 million from students and his ex-employer. Robert Alan Knapp, fired in 2015 as director of HDS Truck Driving Institute, was indicted by a grand jury last month on 10 counts of bank fraud, five counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of federal student-aid fraud. Knapp, 69, who ran the school for more than 10 years, pleaded not guilty at his Sept. 1 arraignment in U.S. District Court in Tucson. Witnesses interviewed by police said Knapp was a frequent gambler at area casinos. One said Knapp “confessed to him that he was having gambling problems,” court records show. Knapp, who made $74,000 a year as the school’s director, is accused of intercepting checks and depositing them into a business bank account he opened behind the school owner’s back.

Gambling-Addicted Designer Jailed for 6 Years

A gambling-addicted fashion designer is accused of duping investors with a fake tickets scam to the Oscars with the guarantee of meeting actress Julia Roberts. Alvin Loy, 50, fooled his victims into investing £263,599 in his business venture. But instead of actually investing the money, he gambled away much of the money at casinos. The deception included feigning a phone call to John Galliano, and on another showed a naked photograph of fashion designer and director Tom Ford, falsely claiming they were in a relationship. On Tuesday a jury, Loy was convicted on all counts after a seven-day trial. But Loy is Missing In Action. An international arrest warrant is currently out for the disgraced businessman, with the judge telling jurors he was believed to be in Malaysia.

Otis Water Association files lawsuit against former officer manager for massive embezzlement

The Otis Mutual Domestic Water Consumers and Sewage Works Association has filed a lawsuit this month against former office manager Lori Whitaker alleging embezzlement. The lawsuit was filed on Sept. 8 in the Fifth Judicial District Court as a complaint for damages from theft. According to court documents, Whitaker allegedly embezzled $850,000 to “fund her gambling habit.” The New Mexico State Auditor’s Office announced discrepancies in the association’s annual audit June 5. An April 27 letter to Fifth Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce from the Auditor’s Office alleges Whitaker used the association’s credit card to make “extraordinary” cash withdrawals dating to 2015 from casinos in New Mexico and other states. The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office transferred their investigation of the theft to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in June. In the lawsuit is asking for a judgement of $850,000 — as well as “punitive damages in an amount determined by the court,” — against Whitaker.

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