A Brief Look at Crime 07/09 – 07/15

KC man charged with killing woman during robbery after leaving casino 

Kansas City man is charged with murder after he allegedly killed a woman during an attempted robbery after leaving a casino. Corey D. Bibee, 30, is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery and armed criminal action. According to court documents, Elaine M. Segovia was found shot to death in a vehicle parked on the south side of Smart Avenue. Investigators found a receipt for the 7th Street Casino in Kansas City, Kansas in her pocket. Police saw Bibee, Segovia and another woman on surveillance video inside the casino. Bibee told police that he and Segovia intended to rob the other woman and Segovia was killed as a result.

Thirty-year sentence meted out in $1.2 million swindle of Nevada woman 

A judge sentenced a Nevada man this week to 30 years in prison for his role in a $1.2 million swindle of an elderly woman. The two men deceived a Nevada woman into selling all her stock in a major oil company to help bail Davis out of a supposed financial obligation to a trucking company and legal trouble with a court in Kansas City. The swindle came to light at a guardianship hearing in July 2014 when she testified that she had sold all her stock in the oil company and gave the money to Davis so he could take it to the judge in Kansas City. An examination of her living trust account by an investigator with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services determined that between January 2011 and February 2012, she’d made 16 cash withdrawals totaling $1.2 million. Davis told the investigator that he was a regular patron of a casino in Oklahoma and that he “may have gambled away” all the money he received from the woman.

Former Bank of America manager sentenced to prison for embezzlement 

The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California released a press statement regarding the imprisonment of a former Bank of America employee in Fresno who was convicted for embezzlement from a financial institution. Sylvia Ocho, 35, of Selma, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing at least $165,850 from Bank of America’s Fresno Branch on East Tulare Street between the months of March and October 2013. As branch manager, Ochoa would prevent other bank employees from counting the cash in the bank’s vault and would enter the vault after the bank was closed and remove cash to spend on personal expenses. She also used the stolen cash for casino gambling and expensive designer handbags.

Ex-CFO gets prison term for stealing more than $1 million

The former chief financial officer of a New Jersey orthopedic care provider is headed to prison for stealing more than $1 million from the company for his personal use. Harry Wolfmuller received a two-year sentence Wednesday and must pay $1,175,720 in restitution. He pleaded guilty last November to wire fraud. A former Belmar resident, the 70-year-old Wolfmuller was the CFO for an orthopedic care provider that has offices in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Federal prosecutors say he cashed checks from the company’s business accounts between 2007 and 2015 and spent the money on restaurant meals, golf outings, gambling, lottery tickets and other unapproved personal expenses. He then misrepresented the nature of these transactions in the company’s accounting records to make them appear as legitimate business expenses.

Woman convicted for filing false medical claims, embezzling nearly $1 million from Detroit nonprofit

She was convicted of embezzlement from a nonprofit or charitable organization, health care fraud — false claim and Medicaid fraud – false claim. Court documents said the former clinic biller made Medicaid claims for services never performed and then used nonprofit money to gamble. Scott was also ordered to pay $915,000 in restitution. “Not only did this nonprofit employee steal nearly $1 million, but she stole from the taxpayers by falsely billing Medicaid and Medicare from a nonprofit tasked with helping those to fight drug addictions,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said. “I will continue to seek justice for the taxpayers of this great state by aggressively prosecuting individuals who steal from them.” The HCFD also claimed Scott was stealing money from the nonprofit’s bank account by withdrawing funds from an ATM at a Detroit casino and gambling with the money.

Principal accused of gambling on horse races during school hours 

A Bronx principal is playing the ponies – and tweeting about his bets during the school day – according to a complaint filed on behalf of fed-up teachers who want to put him out to pasture. At least 25 tweets he posted during the 2017-18 school year allegedly show Steven Schwartz, the head of PS 24 in Riverdale, spends many mornings and afternoons following horse races. He even writes a handicapping blog that offers advice to other gamblers, and owns a thoroughbred race horse. The 38-year-old principal seems to think of his $133,000-a-year city job as an annoyance. “This whole work thing kills my Twitter time,” he allegedly posted on May 16 under the user name @albundypolkhigh, a Twitter account that was deleted by Friday morning. The night before, a whistleblowing educator, acting on behalf of several teachers at the school, filed a complaint against Schwartz with the Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools.

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