A Brief Look at Crime 01/15 – 01/21

Prosecutor fingers gambling problem as motive for SF quintuple homicide

A plumber accused of five heinous slayings inside a single-family home in San Francisco was driven to kill when a gambling problem left him without money to pay rent, a prosecutor argued Tuesday during closing arguments in the quintuple murder trial. Binh Thai Luc, 41, is facing murder, burglary and robbery charges for the killings at 16 Howth St. on March 22, 2012. Though forensic evidence connects Luc to the crime scene, one of the central questions for jurors is whether Luc had a motive to kill. Fleming suggested Luc robbed and strangled his friend Vincent Lei, and killed the rest of his family to prevent anyone from testifying against him, on the same night that he lost money playing cards at Artichoke Joe’s Casino in San Bruno.

1 dead after being shot on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas police are searching for the man they suspect of shooting and killing another man at the Fremont Street Experience early Wednesday. Metropolitan Police Department homicide Lt. Dan McGrath said the suspected shooter, who is in his 20s, ran through several downtown casinos as he fled the scene of the shooting that occurred just after 2:20 a.m. outside the Four Queens. The shot man, who police said was also in his 20s, was taken to University Medical Center where he died just before 2:45 a.m. McGrath said it appeared the man was shot when an argument escalated among a group of people. The group scattered and the shooter fled the scene. McGrath said the shooter and the man who was killed knew each other. One person in the group that was arguing told detectives the shooter’s name, McGrath said, and police are searching for him. By Wednesday evening, police had filed a warrant for the man’s arrest. Deagan said people ran into the Four Queens and the surrounding casinos after the shot rang out. “I stopped playing and looked over and people were running, so I ducked behind this pillar,” he said, motioning toward a column supporting the Fremont Street Experience.

Lenexa woman dies after shooting near 7th Street Casino

A Lenexa woman is dead after a shooting outside a casino in Kansas City, KS. The shooting happened at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in a parking garage outside of the 7th Street Casino, located at 777 N Seventh Street Trafficway. Overland Park Police officers stopped a vehicle at about 1:20 a.m. near southbound Interstate 35 and Antioch Road to assist a Mission officer who had pulled the car over for speeding. Officers noticed that a Hispanic woman riding in the vehicle had been shot and had a faint pulse. CPR was administered but the woman died on the side of the road. Authorities closed the ramp from southbound I-35 to Antioch Road as they investigated the shooting. It has reopened. Officers plan to search casino surveillance video for details about the shooting.

Child Found Asleep In Car At Casino With Illegal Drugs, Hypodermic Needles

Four people have been arrested after a child was found asleep inside a car with hypodermic needles and drugs at a Placerville casino. Investigators say a security guard for Red Hawk Casino noticed the car with two people inside and the child. The child’s mother was inside the casino at the time. The four face multiple drug and child endangerment charges. The child is now in the care of child protective services.

Greensburg attorney charged with embezzling from clients

A Greensburg attorney appeared in federal court Tuesday after being charged by federal grand jury indictment with multiple counts of wire fraud on November 15. Danny P. Butler, of Campbellsville, was charged as part of a scheme to obtain money from clients of his legal practice in order to pay gambling losses exceeding $1.6 million. The indictment alleges from about August of 2009 through October of 2016, Butler used seven bank bank accounts to routinely commingle client funds, and often to misappropriate funds from one client to distribute funds to other, unrelated clients. Butler also allegedly used client funds from the bank accounts to make cash withdrawals and pay personal expenses, in addition transferring client funds from business bank accounts to his personal accounts. From 2009 through 2015, Butler had gambling losses totaling $1,648,613 that he allegedly paid for, in large part, by the misappropriation of funds from eleven clients. If convicted at trial, Butler could be sentenced to no more than 20 years in prison, fined $250,000, and be required to serve a three year period of supervised release.

Gambling tops fraud attempts list on Black Friday

Jumio has said that the gambling industry experienced the highest levels of fraud between Black Friday and Cyber Monday compared to other sectors. Despite overall fraud attempts falling 4% on the same period last year, gambling saw its highest-ever level, with Jumio reporting that fraud was 67% higher than the daily average for the rest of the year in Europe. Online gambling fraud has now increased 60% overall since 2014, according to Jumio. Anies Khan, head of gaming at Jumio, said: ‘’While we saw an overall reduction in detectable fraud between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, online gambling saw significant increases during the account setup process. “Online gaming operators are often reluctant to add extra barriers to the customer onboarding process because they want a seamless user experience. “This year’s data suggests that this mindset may require rethinking since its leaving operators vulnerable to attacks.

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