A Brief Look at Crime 12/11 – 12/17

‘He Pulled Out a Gun and Shot Him’ – Witness Describes Bakersfield Casino Shooting

About a dozen shots rang out just before 6 p.m. on Friday Nov. 3, at the Golden West Casino in South Bakersfield, California, according to a witness interviewed on KBAK Eyewitness News. A man identified in an eyewitness interview as ‘Doug,’ a regular at the Golden West Casino, said a black male got into an argument with a security guard when he was asked for ID. The man then pulled out a gun and shot the guard dead, wounding another. Security personnel returned fire but failed to bring down the shooter, who escaped from the scene of the incident. When Kern County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived on the scene, they found the security guard dead outside the casino entrance, said spokesman Lt. Ian Chandler. Police did not confirm that a second security guard had been wounded. The police located a man with a gunshot wound at a nearby market and took him into custody. The department is treating the individual as a “person of interest in the shooting,” according to Chandler. More than 100 people were inside the casino at the time of the shooting. None were shot, but some sustained injuries while running for cover.

Gala pays £2.3m after stolen money gambled away

A Gambling Commission investigation found “significant flaws” in the way the company dealt with two high-spending customers. Gaming operator Gala Interactive has agreed a £2.3m penalty with regulators after failings which saw two high-spending customers gamble away stolen money online. Gala, which includes bingo and poker brands and is owned by Ladbrokes Coral, has agreed to repay the £1.3m stolen funds to the victims – plus £1m towards research into problem gambling. The Gambling Commission said its failures were aggravated by the fact that they took place just as the business was giving assurances following a previous, similar case. Ladbrokes Coral said it accepted that the failures saw it fall short of accepted standards and offered to pay a further £200,000 towards research in addition to the penalty package. One of the customers at the centre of the case, later jailed for four years for stealing from an employer, lost £837,545 over 14 months. The other, who gambled away £432,765 over 11 months, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for a money laundering offence. An investigation found there were “significant flaws” in Gala’s dealings with the two high-spending customers and that it breached regulations that protect consumers. The Gambling Commission said the firms “failed to effectively interact” with the customers who were displaying traits of problem gambling, and did not have written policies in place that could have curbed the behaviour.

Man attempts to rob Las Vegas casino 3 different times

Over the course of three months, a robber decided to test his luck not once but three times at the M Resort in Las Vegas. On Aug. 24, Gregory Bolusan reportedly entered the M Resort at 3:54 a.m. with a handgun and a backpack. He demanded that the cage employee hand over all of their money but was unsuccessful due to the employee fleeing the cage. Bolusan returned to the M Resort on Sept. 10 at 5:33 a.m. with the intentions robbing the casino cage again. This time he made away with $29,589. Investigators were able to identify him because he wore the same clothing, drove the same vehicle and used a similar gun and backpack. In his final attempt, Bolusan returned to the M Resort on Oct. 28 and was able to use the same game plan to make away with $33,480 – or so he thought. Bolusan was wearing different clothes during this robbery attempt but was driving the exact same vehicle, parked in the exact same spot, and entered the exact same doors as before. This led to M Resort security members apprehending Bolusan before he could get away with the cash. During the arrest, it was determined that he was driving a white 2010 Toyota Camry and that his gun was not real. Bolusan was booked into the Henderson Detention Center on several counts of attempted robbery, burglary.

Radio host who teamed with ex-NFL player shocked by charges

A radio host who teamed up for years with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason on a New York City sports show said Wednesday that he was shocked by his arrest and will prove his innocence. Craig Carton, 48, spoke outside Manhattan federal court after pleading not guilty to fraud charges in an indictment returned last week. He told reporters he entered the plea because he was “unequivocally not guilty.” The longtime co-host of WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show was arrested in September on charges that he misappropriated at least $5.6 million from two investors in a ticket reselling business designed to raise millions of dollars so he could pay off gambling debts. Free on $500,000 bond, he quit his job shortly after the arrest. “I was shocked when I was arrested and even more surprised that the government was accusing me of running a complete sham as they put it,” Carton said with his lawyer at his side.

Czap gets four years for taking $6.1 million from Newark company

Czap will be required to turn over more than $1 million in assets that represent some of the proceeds obtained from her activities that involved embezzling $6.1 million from a financial services company. Czap pleaded guilty on June 1 to one count of wire fraud, one count of money laundering, and one count of making false statements on tax returns. Beginning in January 2011 and through August 2016, while employed as the Vice President of Accounting at an unnamed financial services company in Newark, Czap made 497 separate fraudulent online transactions from the company’s accounts into her personal accounts. Prosecutors said Czap disguised these transactions, ranging from $1,000 to $38,527, as payments to corporate health insurance or payments to corporate marketers and altered the company’s general ledger to further conceal the transfers. In total, Czap obtained more than $6.1 million through her fraud. Czap converted these electronic transfers to cash, through either ATM withdrawals or cash advances at several casinos. After gambling, often briefly, she would cash out at the casino and receive US currency. Federal law requires that all income, whether obtained legally or illegally be declared on tax returns. Czap failed to report the proceeds of her fraud on her tax return for years 2013 through 2015.

Man arrested for mass shooting threats at casino

Authorities say an Ohio man has been arrested for threatening to carry out mass shootings at a megachurch and the Las Vegas casino where his estranged wife works. The FBI says 28-year-old Wei Li was transferred from police custody to federal authorities Thursday after being charged in a criminal complaint with interstate communications of a threat and destruction of evidence. The Cuyahoga Falls resident is accused of sending his estranged wife text messages threatening to kill her and commit mass shootings at a casino and a church with more than 1,000 members. The FBI says Li acknowledged sending the texts to his wife but didn’t intend to carry out the shootings. No firearms were found in his home.

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