Daily Archives: December 4, 2017

A Brief Look at Crime 11/20 – 12/03

Organized crime a ‘viable threat to public safety’ in B.C. casinos: gov’t report

The presence of organized criminals in casinos is “a viable threat to public safety,” the B.C. government was warned in an April internal memo obtained by Postmedia. The memo — sent to John Mazure, B.C.’s assistant deputy minister in charge of the gaming enforcement branch — sheds light on the level of awareness in the government of how money laundering in casinos could pose a danger for both B.C. residents and the provincial economy. “The gaming policy enforcement branch intelligence unit reports that organized crime presence in and around B.C. casinos presents a viable threat to public safety,” the April 2017 memo says. The memo was written by Len Meilleur, the gaming enforcement branch’s director of compliance. It refers to RCMP and B.C. Lottery Commission investigations that led to allegations that “illegitimate lenders” associated with organized crime are lending cash earned through crime to VIP gamblers, with drop-offs in B.C. casino parking lots. After a series of redacted paragraphs, Meilleur’s memo said: “This information is proving well founded within the current investigation and these subjects have been identified as threats to public safety … because of their involvement in a wide array of criminal activity.” Documents also say that evidence provided by police to the BCLC suggests organized crime’s laundering of money through casinos and thus into B.C.’s economy is “substantial.”

Lotto rapist faces paying back £2.5million as fraud cops prepare for possible prosecution

Lotto rapist Edward Putman may have to hand back a £2.5million jackpot as fraud cops prepare a possible prosecution, the Sunday People can reveal. In a significant development, the convicted sex attacker, 52, is facing potential court action over claims he used a fake ticket to scoop his 2009 windfall. Despite a wall of silence, ­detectives have ceaselessly probed allegations that Putman used Camelot fraud unit worker Giles Knibbs, who later killed himself – as an inside man. It is believed officers worked with the Crown Prosecution Service as they obtained signed statements from key witnesses. The Sunday People understands a Camelot whistleblower has broken cover to provide vital clues into the alleged fraud. Now, in a dramatic twist, ­police are expected to hand over a file of evidence “imminently” to prosecutors. We have also discovered that Putman – jailed in 1991 for the violent rape of a 17-year-old girl – believed officers had dropped their probe. But he was “shocked” to ­discover the investigation was ongoing and officers had refused to give up on the probe. If criminal charges are ­activated and Putman is ­convicted he could be made to repay the seven-figure fortune under the Proceeds of Crime Act. A source close to the ­investigation said: “For months, even years, police have been frustrated by a lack of evidence and limited information. “But they haven’t given up and they have kept plugging away in the background. They’re nearing the point where they can produce a file for the CPS. “This is a significant milestone. Putman had his solicitor contact detectives because he thought the whole thing was over. “He couldn’t believe his ears when he was told they were still investigating. It was pure shock. “People in the ­investigation have been told that someone who works at the Lottery had finally come forward.

Gambling game prompts shooting in Decatur

The Decatur Police Department is looking for a suspect following a shooting on Sunday night. Police say they responded to the area of North Edward Street and West Center Street in Decatur for the report of shots fired, around 8:40 p.m. On scene police located a 21-year-old male victim who was bleeding from the mouth nose and had a gunshot to his leg . His injuries were not life threatening. The victim provided no information about who shot him, police said. He eventually told police that he was attacked and beaten, then shot by an unknown subject he believed to male. At the scene police found evidence of a abandoned dice game. The victim said there was gambling in the area, but wouldn’t say where. Officers located a vehicle with numerous bullet holes.

Man shot, killed by Thurston County deputy outside casino

Thurston County deputies are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred Tuesday night in Rochester. The shooting happened at the parking lot of the Lucky Eagle Casino before 8 p.m. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office told KIRO 7 a deputy shot a man who brandished a weapon at the officer. The man was airlifted to St. Peters Hospital in Olympia, where he was pronounced deceased.. No deputies were injured.

Extreme violence at illegal gaming house near Markham

Over the past year, York Region has seen a slew of violent incidents linked to illegal gambling and raising questions about organized crime. In Vaughan, a portion of Woodbridge’s Caffe Corretto was blown out in June 2017, exposing illegal gaming machines, and two people were murdered in a hail of bullets in a Woodbridge illegal gambling site, Moka Cafe, in 2015. In Markham, a man was allegedly kidnapped from outside a well-known gaming site before being killed and dumped on the side of Old Kennedy Road, just north of Steeles Avenue East, in November 2016. Now Toronto police have recovered deleted video from a Sept. 18 incident, in which two men were badly beaten at an illegal Asian gaming house just south of the Markham border, in North Toronto. One of the victims was treated with a brain bleed and remains in a non-verbal state following a strike to the head with a machete. Det. Andrew Lipkus, from Toronto police’s street violence task force, said the gaming house had level of sophistication.

Genovese mobster charged with tax evasion

This guy could be the next Al Capone. An aged wiseguy has been slapped with tax evasion charges for failing to fork over $367,000 in dues from real estate sales, authorities said. Genovese solider Salvatore “Sallie” Demeo neglected to give the feds a piece of his $2 million action when he unloaded his shares in two Brooklyn properties in 2013 and 2014, according to court documents. Prosecutors said a small chunk of the money was funneled into the plumbing company of a mobbed-up associate, but said they couldn’t locate the rest. The beaming 77-year-old was released on $2 million bond Thursday, and excitedly poked his attorney in the ribs as the judge ordered he’d walk free. This isn’t the grizzled geezer’s first run-in with the law. He was charged in 1996 for stealing some $400,000 from a Manalapan, N.J. bank, and spent the next year on the lam, attempting to avoid federal racketeering charges. He was eventually caught, convicted, and sentenced to 57 months behind bars. Most recently, the mobster was sentenced to probation last month to running an illegal off-shore gambling ring in Costa Rica.

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