Daily Archives: April 9, 2018

A Brief Look at Crime 03/26 – 04/01

Trusted ex-council worker siphoned £197,000 of public cash to fund his gambling habit

A former Nuneaton resident who fleeced almost £200,000 out of people in need across Warwickshire to fund a gambling habit has been jailed. Steve Ramsey, who lived in the town and worked for Warwickshire County Council, siphoned off £197,000 of precious public funds to bankroll his gambling addiction for five years. Ramsey, who was in money management and income control in the benefits assessment and income control department at Shire Hall, abused his position of trust to divert much-needed social care money into his own bank account. Newcastle Crown Court heard that the 51-year-old, who now lives in Gosforth, Newcastle, had a gambling habit – mainly on football and horse racing – and it spiralled out of control, reports the Newcastle Chronicle. The previously law-abiding citizen turned to crime and Ramsey, who pleaded guilty to fraud, has been jailed for 27 months.

Local man faces 20 years for laundering proceeds of illegal gambling 

A convicted gambling parlor operator is set to be sentenced Monday for running a string of illegal 8-liner gaming operations for nearly a decade and laundering the illegal profits. Melvin “Tiger” Askew, pleaded guilty Nov. 6, admitted he obtaining $600,000 after setting up slot and 8-liner electric gambling machine operations throughout Harris County, and then hiding his ownership of them. Askew leased the machines to others or rented properties that he knew would be used for illegal gambling. Askew was linked to gaming clubs in Channelview, Clearview, San Leon and Galveston between 2003 and 2012, according to court documents. He set up the operations under the names of employees, using machines that paid out cash on the spot. Askew then made cash deposits on regular basis and then withdrew cash proceeds to buy a home in Baytown and a commercial property in Channelview, according to his plea. He failed to keep payroll records for his employees, attempting to keep operation off the radar of officials. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes can sentence Askew up to a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 at his sentencing hearing.

Homeless gambling and drug addict swindled £51,000 from pensioner who took him in

A gambling and cocaine addict who swindled £51,181 from a widower in Runcorn has been jailed. Jason Drury, 46, had befriended Robert Ian Jones, 62, who agreed to take him in as a lodger after Drury and his girlfriend split up. But Liverpool crown court heard how Drury betrayed him by “using his bank accounts as his own”. Matthew Dunford, prosecuting, described how he used Mr Jones’s bank card to withdraw cash and make payments as well as taking him to cash points to withdraw money, having “threatened he would hit him unless he gave him money.” Drury also admitted stealing a CCTV system to sell at Cash Converters for £100 and a Vauxhall Vectra to sell. He also took Mr Jones’s BMW M3, described as the victim’s ‘pride and joy’, out for a drive but never brought it back. The vehicle was only found after police started their investigations. Devious Drury tried to cover up the thefts from his victim’s bank account by stealing his own parents’ chequebook for what were ultimately failed attempts to make payments into Mr Jones’s account.

Judge sentences woman to jail for embezzling from Petoskey Little League

A judge has sentenced a Petoskey woman to jail for embezzling more than $80,000 dollars from the Petoskey Little League organization over a five-year period. Gray told authorities that her embezzlement was tied to a gambling addiction through which records show that she lost more than $200,000 at the Odawa Casino since 2005. According to a Michigan State Police affidavit filed in the case, on June 10, 2017 officials with the Petoskey Little League organization came to police with concerns that Gray, who had been the organization’s board treasurer for about five years had been making unauthorized withdrawals from the organization’s bank account. Police said Gray took the money through a combination of checks written to cash, ATM withdrawals from the organization’s account and cash from concessions and other receipts that she simply pocketed. Check back later for more on Tuesday’s sentencing hearing or see Wednesday’s print edition of the News-Review.

Man, 37, fatally shot by security guard at California casino

Authorities say a 37-year-old man was fatally shot during an altercation with a security guard at a Southern California casino. Santa Barbara sheriff’s officials say deputies were called to the Chumash casino in Santa Ynez early Tuesday morning after a report two security guards were in an altercation with a man. Investigators say the man was fatally shot by one of the guards near a parking garage at the casino and resort and declared dead at the scene. Coroner’s officials later identified him as Jose Guido of Santa Barbara. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. Authorities wouldn’t immediately identify the security guard. Veronica Sandoval, a spokeswoman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, said the tribe — which runs the casino — wouldn’t comment on an ongoing investigation.

Frisco man indicted on fraud is back in jail after online bets on the ponies totaling more than $175,000

A Frisco man already indicted in a $60 million Medicaid fraud scheme is back in jail after authorities say he placed illegal online bets for horse races. Bradley Harris, 36, spent more than $175,000 last year gambling online, which is illegal in Texas, according to testimony at a hearing Tuesday. U. S. Magistrate Judge Irma Ramirez ruled that Harris must now remain in jail until his trial on the Medicaid fraud charges. A trial date has not been set in that fraud case, in which Harris’ 43-year-old wife, Amy, is also charged. Bradley Harris had been free since a detention hearing last year in which the judge ordered his release provided he abide by a host of conditions. One was that he not violate federal, state or local law. The new charges: The couple was arrested Friday at their Frisco home. In addition to the illegal gambling accusations, federal prosecutors had also alleged that Harris and his wife engaged in bank fraud by securing a $50,000 business line of credit that was then spent on illegal gambling.

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