A Brief Look at Crime 06/04 – 06/10

2 targeted in deadly shooting at Vegas casino picnic 

Police were searching Monday for a man accused of opening fire on a picnic for a group of employees of a Las Vegas Strip casino-resort, killing a woman and critically injuring a man this weekend in what investigators called workplace violence. Authorities say Anthony Wrobel walked up to a table in the gazebo area of a park Sunday evening and shot an executive and a fellow employee of The Venetian at close range. Police said Wrobel, 42, has been described as a disgruntled employee of the casino-resort, where he has worked for 14 years.

Ex-Detroit Union Leader Charged with Stealing over $600,000 to Gamble at Casinos

man who was a union leader in Detroit has been charged with embezzling more than $600,000. Mervin Hawk appeared in federal court Monday and asked for a court-appointed lawyer. Federal investigators say he diverted union dues from AFSCME Local 1640 into secret bank accounts or his own personal account over a two-year period. Hawk was president of Local 1640 from 2013 through 2015. AFSCME stands for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The government says Hawk withdrew large sums of money from ATMs at Motor City Casino.

Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City pays penalty for underage gambling violation 

The Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City agreed to a penalty today from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission for allowing minor to gamble. Racing and Gaming administrator, Brian Ohorilko, says it happened in November. “She was on the floor for 56 minutes and had gambled at two different slot machines. The facility did notice her after she had been on the floor — approached her requested identification — and she refused and exited the casino quickly. It was determined later that she was indeed underage,” Ohorilko says. He says the situation met all the three criteria to be considered a violation of underage gambling. He says the past precedent is for an administrative penalty of $20,000s and the Hard Rock agreed to pay that penalty. He says the penalty was based on the past history of the casino.

Woman pleads guilty to embezzling $266K from cancer charity

A woman pleaded guilty in Gulfport Monday (April 16) to embezzling $266,598 from a Mississippi Gulf Coast non-profit that provides wigs and prostheses to cancer patients, the Biloxi Sun-Herald reported. Melinda Rosetti-Spence, 53, made her tearful plea in Harrison County Circuit Court before Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson, saying she had a gambling problem, the newspaper reported. Rosetti-Spence is free on a $50,000 bond pending her July 2 sentencing. The state of Mississippi is recommending a 20-year prison term, with 10 suspended, plus restitution. In court Monday, Rosetti-Spence admitted that between March 2015 and July 2016, she stole donations and wrote checks to herself from the Pink Heart Funds, the Sun-Herald reported. Rosetti-Spence was the volunteer treasurer and event planner for the group, based in Long Beach.

Nonprofit Group’s Former Leader Sentenced for $300,000 Embezzlement

The former executive director of a nonprofit childcare and community program who embezzled more than $300,000 from the organization has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison. Kiburi Tucker had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and four counts of tax evasion. He will have to pay $133,624 in restitution to the IRS and forfeit $334,116 under the sentence imposed Wednesday. The 43-year-old Newark man led The Centre, a now-defunct Newark-based nonprofit. Prosecutors say he took $332,116 from the group between 2012 and 2015, using it to pay for gambling expenses, travel and to furnish his home. Prosecutors say Tucker filed false personal income tax returns in which he under-reported the money he embezzled and income from his partnership in Elite Strategies, a political fundraising and consulting firm.

Former Rogersville water superintendent indicted for theft over $250K and theft over $60K

On Wednesday morning, Hatchett was arrested on a Hawkins County grand jury sealed indictment warrant on one count of theft over $250,000, one count of theft over $60,000, and one count of official misconduct. Hatchett, 49, 109 Sycamore St., Rogersville, was suspended from his position as city water superintendent shortly after informing the water commission he had lost $69,444 in cash receipts that he was supposed to have deposited in the bank the week of July 10, 2017. Multiple sources in law enforcement confirmed for the Times News that Hatchett apparently had a gambling problem and spent a great deal of time at the casino in Cherokee, N.C. Players at that casino keep their “bank” on a credit card, as opposed to carrying around cash, chips or coins, and investigators reportedly acquired those records and determined that Hatchett had gambled away a vast amount of money, much more than he could have earned legally during that time period.

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