A former chief financial officer at the Rocky Boy Health Board Clinic in Box Elder has been sentenced to a year and day in prison for circumventing the approval process in taking nearly $112,000 in loans from the board’s loan program. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris sentenced Kathy Ann Sutherland on Wednesday after she previously pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. She was ordered to pay restitution in the same amount as the loans. Sutherland previously told the court that she used the money to feed her gambling habit. Prosecutors say the 61-year-old defendant took out employee loans from the health board loan program. The money was to be repaid through payroll deductions, but Sutherland bypassed the loan limit and cashed duplicate checks to get more money.
An hours-long standoff at Argosy Casino and Hotel ended peacefully after police went inside a hotel room where a man was allegedly holding a woman hostage, media outlets reported early Friday. The man was taken into custody, and no injuries were reported. Riverside police were working a possible hostage situation at the Argosy Casino and Hotel late Thursday night. In a briefing to media, Riverside Chief Chris Skinrood said officers had arrived at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday on a reported disturbance. Two people, thought to be a man and a woman, were locked in a room in the hotel adjoining the casino. Another female exited the room, Skinrood said. As she left, the door slammed shut behind her, and Skinrood said someone within said he or she wasn’t coming out.
One man was shot late Tuesday while he was believed to be gambling in a vacant building, Houston police said. Police received a call about a shooting around 10:30 p.m. in the 10700 block of Cullen, in South Acres. When they arrived at the building, across the street from a Family Dollar store, police found the man had been shot once in the head and once in the chest, said Lt. Larry Crowson of the Houston Police Department. He was taken to the hospital for surgery. The man was apparently in the building gambling when an argument led to the shooting, Crowson said. His keys and car were stolen. No witnesses gave descriptions of the gunmen.
A local woman previously sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for wire fraud has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 while working for The Stone Center of Dayton in Moraine. The affidavit said the family-owned, 15-employee business had four or five people with access to the credit card processing system and that Elavon noticed multiple credit refunds totaling more than $15,000 between Aug. 11 and Nov. 2, 2017. Elavon discovered refunds to 21 credit card accounts that all belonged to Green or her family members, Tron wrote. Staff members also learned Green created a fraudulent sales receipt in her son’s name to attempt to make the refunds appear legitimate, according to the affidavit. Credit cards issued to Green’s mother and husband also received refunds, Tron wrote. Green defrauded AGS of more than $348,000 by diverting credit card payments by customers to her credit cards during a two-year period, according to a prosecutor’s sentencing memorandum. “(Green) used the money that she stole to indulge her gambling habits, and to finance a luxury lifestyle that would ordinarily be beyond her means and that of her husband, a heating and air conditioning installer,” assistant U.S. attorney Patrick Meehan wrote in December 2006.
Four more people convicted of being part of a multi-state dog fighting ring were sentenced to prison Monday as part of the Justice Department’s nationwide crackdown on dog fighting. The four men received prison terms ranging from one to five years. A fifth person will be sentenced next month while four others will be put on trial this summer. “Dog fighting is vicious and cruel. And beyond the needless suffering it inflicts on animals, it exacts a toll on local animal shelters, humane organizations and taxpayers,” U.S. Attorney Greg Carpentino said Monday. The suspects are accused of taking part in a dog fighting ring in four states in which a number of dogs were forced to fight to their bloody death. Along with causing unspeakable pain and suffering to the animals, U.S. attorneys say dog fighting rings also include other crimes such as illegal gambling, and drug and weapons trafficking. So far, U.S. agents have rescued 98 dogs as part of Operation Grand Champion. The Humane Society of the United States is helping the Justice Department take care of the saved animals.
A Tucson hair stylist accused of stealing more than $300,000 from a 94-year-old woman with dementia has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison. State prosecutors say a judge also ordered Supranom “Addy” Klos to pay full restitution to the victim. They say Klos was the victim’s hair stylist and cultivated a friendship with the woman and her husband more than 20 years ago. Prosecutors say the victim’s husband died in 2011 and Klos was given power of attorney. Starting in 2014, prosecutors say Klos began depleting the victim’s account through gambling and buying luxury items for herself including a new car and dental implants. Last December, Klos was convicted of fraudulent schemes, theft, fraudulent use of a credit cards and unlawful use of power of attorney.
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