Daily Archives: June 4, 2018

A Brief Look at Crime 05/20 – 6/03

North-east man conned dad, 94, out of £88,000

A “deplorable” man who embezzled £88,000 from his 94-year-old father has been warned he faces a “significant” prison sentence. Iain Robertson squandered thousands of pounds gambling online and on dental work – prosecutors even claimed he spent more than £50,000 on a property in Thailand. The 63-year-old pleaded guilty to embezzling the cash during an appearance at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday and his solicitor admitted there was no prospect Robertson could repay the money. Callous Robertson had been given power of attorney and control of his dad’s finances when he took the money between April 2014 and May last year. The offence only came to light when payment for his father’s care was in arrears.

 Ex-casino employee arraigned in $500,000 Easter promotion scheme

A former Mohegan Sun Pocono casino employee who allegedly rigged plastic eggs for an Easter sweepstakes in 2014 was arraigned Wednesday. Colin Ray Boecker, 32, of Tonawanda, New York, appeared before District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo Jr. in Plains Township on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to participate in a rigged contest. He was released on $15,000 unsecured bail.Pellegrini, Heltzel and former casino waitress Rochelle Poszeluznyj, 40, of Kingston, were charged in 2016 in a scheme that they ran from May 2014 to April 2015 and involved the theft of personal identification numbers, or PINs, from gamblers. The numbers were then used to create duplicate rewards cards with $478,000 in free play credits. Heltzel, who was not a casino employee, gambled with the cards and split the winnings with Pellegrini and Poszeluznyj.

2 killed in crash after fleeing sheriff’s deputies from casino

Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County. It started when sheriff’s deputies spotted a stolen Honda Accord as it pulled out of a parking lot at Harrah’s Rincon Casino around 1 a.m. in the area just north of Valley Center. Deputies chased the car – which was reported stolen from Escondido a few days ago – for less than a minute. The driver took off speeding on Valley View Road and crashed about 1/5 of a mile away after deputies had ended the chase. Deputies said they had terminated the pursuit because they had a helicopter overhead and the roadways were wet. According to deputies, the 22-year-old driver of the Honda hit a curb, lost control and was hit by a white sedan traveling the other direction. Medics pronounced the man and his front passenger dead at the scene.

Lakewood man charged with 52 counts of animal cruelty, cockfighting 

A 59-year-old Lakewood man has been arrested for investigation of 47 counts of animal fighting, four counts of cruelty to animals and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Weld County Sheriff’s Office deputies found 47 live roosters. One of the roosters was injured and was wearing cockfighting paraphernalia, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Animal Control officers brought the roosters to the Avian Health Program at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, a CSU spokeswoman said. The roosters, which were examined and tested as part of the Colorado Avian Health Program, are considered evidence in the case Gonzalez remains confined in the Weld County North Jail Complex without bond. “The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that rooster fighting is illegal in Colorado,” the news release says. Cockfighting is associated with gambling. Thousands of dollars change hands during a single event. Participants often carry guns and knives, drink alcohol and use illegal drugs, the news release says.

Railway signalman, 24, struggling with gambling debts killed himself by throwing himself in front of train

A railway signalman who was plagued by gambling debt ended his life by stepping in front of a 90mph train at a level crossing. His mother Louise Virgo said he had taken out loans to pay debts and use to gamble at the casino and online in the past, but ‘since then he seemed happy’. In the weeks before his death she had become worried about his financial situation again, and ‘knew something was wrong’ when he returned home unexpectedly. East Sussex senior coroner Alan Craze said ‘There is no scope for any doubt whatsoever, and the conclusion will very sadly be he took his own life. ‘Having done this job for a long time I have a good idea of how devastating something like this would be for people close to him. ‘I would like to disclose my condolences to you.’

Former Pawn Shop Manager to Stand Trial on Grand Theft, Burglary Charges

A man who allegedly embezzled nearly $165,000 from the Palm Desert pawn shop he managed must stand trial on grand theft and burglary charges, a judge ruled Thursday. A sheriff’s deputy investigating the case found 208 false pawn transactions from December 2015 to August 2017, resulting in a loss of $164,650 to Rocky’s, according to the declaration. Ventling was the only person who had access to the shop’s computer system, which he used to “manipulate the computer inventory system to avoid detection of money inventory deficit,” the declaration alleges. Sheriff’s investigators also looked into Ventling’s gambling activities at the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, where they allege he spent six-figure sums in 2016 and 2017, but was at a nearly $23,000 deficit when deputies investigated his activities last August.

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