Daily Archives: December 17, 2018

A Brief Look at Crime 12/10 – 12/16

Bossier City Casino Shooting Believed to Be Murder and Attempted Suicide

The shootings at the *Horseshoe Casino parking facility have taken an even stranger turn, according to details just released by the Bossier City Police Department. Just before 10:00 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2018, BCPD responded to the fifth level of the parking garage of the Horseshoe Casino where a shooting had occurred. “When officers arrived, they found two men with gunshot wounds,” Bossier City police public information officer Traci Landry said in a release. “Lewis Drew Reno, 48 years old, of Benton, was pronounced deceased at the scene. 58-year-old Jimmy Earl Hall, Sr., was transported by Bossier City Fire Department to Ochsner LSU Health hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the head.” Both men were employees at the casino, according to BCPD. “Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit say evidence indicates that Hall shot Reno in the upper body before turning the gun on himself. Detectives obtained a warrant for Hall’s arrest on the charge of second degree murder,” Landry said. Hall will be charged on the warrant upon his release from the hospital.

Ex-executive gets prison term for embezzling nearly $14M

A former executive who embezzled nearly $14 million from a New York-based hospitality company has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison. George Dfouni received a 46-month sentence Friday. The 47-year-old Wayne, New Jersey man had pleaded guilty in January to wire fraud and tax evasion. Prosecutors didn’t identify the company where Dfouni served as chief operating officer. They say it owns and operates hotels in New York and New Jersey. From 2007 through September 2015, Dfouni negotiated multiple contracts with two other companies. Each contract included a signing bonus for Dfouni, who had the two companies send their payments directly to him in New Jersey. Dfouni skimmed some of the contract payments due his employer, taking about $13,807,034 overall. Prosecutors say he used the stolen funds to support his lavish lifestyle and gambling expenses.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Fines Casino $95,000 for Regulatory Violations 

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved fines today totaling $95,000 against the operator of SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia for table games violations. The fines were the result of Board approvals at its public meeting of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and Sugarhouse HSP Gaming, L.P. The first consent agreement approved by the Board resulted in a fine of $85,000 against Sugarhouse HSP Gaming, L.P. for seven incidents in which SugarHouse Casino personnel failed to properly address automated shuffler warnings at table games. These failures resulted in games being played with compromised decks. The second approved consent agreement carried a fine of $10,000 against Sugarhouse HSP Gaming, L.P. for the casino not being compliant with its Board-approved rules and guidelines for Spanish 21 blackjack that resulted in game play with compromised decks.

3 People Injured in Shopping Mall Stabbing at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Three people were reportedly stabbed on Saturday in a frightening incident at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Mashantucket Tribal Police confirmed the violent outburst. All three were taken to the hospital, though their injuries were identified as non-life threatening right away. Meanwhile, police took a 15-year-old suspect into custody. The Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut. It is located on their reservation in Ledyard, Connecticut, meaning that it is up to the tribal authorities to handle an act of violence like this one. People on the scene posted grizzly photos from the stabbing. One showed apparent victims lying in a mall common area as EMTs tended to their wounds. Another showed blood splattered on the tile floor. “Don’t feel very safe at [Foxwoods],” one person wrote, “multiple stabbings at the outlets, security exceedingly slow to respond and failed to secure the area or clean up blood.”

Casino employee grabbed more than $58,000 from Seminole gambling facility, cops say 

After police found $58,500 in a car belonging to a Seminole Casino Coconut Creek employee, he was arrested and accused of stealing from the gambling establishment, police say. Former cash operations worker Christomy Christalin, 22, came to the attention of his employers when surveillance video showed him leaning into a kiosk that dispenses money to customers. The video did not show Christalin actually taking money out of the machine, but it later was found to be short $4,600, according to a Seminole police report. On Oct. 10, police watched Christalin on surveillance video recorded while he was at work and driving in a garage at the casino. He appeared to put an empty money bag in a cart used to bring cash to a kiosk and later was seen removing a bulging money bag that appeared full, the report said. Christalin went to a men’s room, and when he left the restroom, the money bag appeared to be empty. He went to his car and was seen on video moving what appeared to be stacks of money between the seats, police said. When detectives confronted Christalin, he denied stealing from the casino and told them he had $55,000 in his car that came from his gambling winnings. An audit of Christalin’s department found $58,500 was missing. After a search warrant was issued to police to search the car, they recovered the same amount, the report said.

Prison for gambling addict who stole $540K from friend who employed her

A 59-year-old southern Minnesota woman has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for stealing more than $500,000 from a close friend and onetime employer to feed her online gambling addiction. Theresa E. Linsmeier, of Fairfax, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in St. Paul after pleading guilty in June to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. After her 2¼ years of incarceration, she will spend three years on supervised release and must make full restitution for the money she stole. Linsmeier was the bookkeeper for the family owned Farm Mercantile hardware store from 1998 to 2016 and had authority to sign and issue checks for the store and for its owner, Kelly Albrecht. “Linsmeier abused the trust of her friend and employer,” read a presentencing court filing by prosecutors. “She stole not only from the business account but also from Kelly Albrecht’s personal bank account. She used the money to pay her credit card bills and to gamble online.” The embezzlement scheme “had a devastating impact” on the store and its owner, the filing continued. “The company struggled for years due to Linsmeier’s theft, so much so that Albrecht stopped receiving a salary and worked seven days a week to try and get this back on track.”

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