A grandmother was stabbed to death by her gambling addict husband who felt ‘belittled’ after she refused to let him to be named on the deeds to their new home, a court heard. David Pawluk, 59, met Margaret Howlett, 63, through her job as manager of a bookmakers. They married after a whirlwind romance but began to row over his ‘significant’ gambling problem and mounting debts. Problems came to a head when they decided to sell her home and move to a new house together. When she refused to put his name on the deeds of the new property he attacked her and left her to die in the kitchen of their Rochdale home. Minshull Crown Court heard Pawluk tried several times to kill himself before walking into a police station two after days the killing and confessed. Pawluk has now been jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years and eight months, after pleading guilty to murder.
A former nursing home administrator was charged with financial exploitation after she allegedly diverted nearly a quarter of a million dollars from elderly residents to support her gambling habit. Tina Lee Pearson, 57, was charged in Creek County late last week with one count of financial exploitation by a caretaker, stemming from a state investigation by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Pearson was arrested and bonded out of custody prior to a bond setting hearing, according to jail and online court records. Pearson is accused of withdrawing more than $217,750 in cash from at least 33 Drumright Nursing Home resident’s accounts between January 2012 and October 2015. “In terms of crimes, it’s among the worst. Instead of taking care of somebody, you’re taking advantage of them,” said Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter. “And for somebody to be living out their golden years, and having a comfort level of confidence the people there are taking good care of them, and then to discover that’s not happening, it’s pretty heartbreaking.”
Gambling websites have been warned to watch out for terrorists laundering money by placing wagers on football and racing. The Gambling Commission said even online bingo was open to abuse by extremist groups to fund activity. Terrorists could also be using forged or stolen ID documents to set up internet betting accounts to wash cash, according to the industry body’s alert. The official warning said the “customer not being physically present for identification purposes” meant there was a “higher” risk of laundering. It added “customers from high-risk jurisdictions” or those who appear on “international sanctions list” posed a threat. And the vast array of remote gambling firms can be used to set up multiple accounts, making it harder to track deposits and wagers.
A Lynn man was arrested last week on tax fraud charges in connection with a “10-percenting” scheme, in which he purchased millions of dollars’ worth of winning Massachusetts state lottery tickets at a discount in order to help the ticket holders avoid taxes on the winnings. In addition, two store owners have pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme. The charging documents allege that from at least 2013 through 2015, Kinslieh and Patel, who were store owners, and others, purchased winning lottery tickets from the ticket holders for cash, at a discount to the value of the tickets, thereby allowing the ticket holders to avoid reporting the winnings on their tax returns – a scheme known as “10-percenting.” Kinslieh and Patel gave the winning tickets to Jones, who presented them to the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission as his own, and collected the full winnings. Jones reported the winnings on his tax returns, but offset them with purported gambling losses. Jones and the store owners then shared the excess winnings.
A callous drug-fuelled gambling addict who murdered his doting grandmother by stabbing her more than 30 times after she gave him £250 to buy an engagement ring has been jailed for life. Gregory Irvin, 26, knifed charity worker Anne James, 74, in a ‘motiveless and brutal attack’ and slit her throat after she returned from a shopping trip.Mrs James, a retired nurse, had previously helped her grandson clear his £35,000 debts he had racked up through gambling and taking cocaine. On February 28 he drove to her house in Walsall, West Midlands, at 12pm to pick up the cash she had offered to give him to buy the engagement ring. CCTV captured him walking to her small cottage before leaving 15 minutes later. A concerned neighbor discovered her body at 6pm and called police. Irvin was arrested the following day after his bloody footprints were found in her hallway and kitchen. He had even attended the house with other grieving relatives saying he had spoken to her on the phone before she died.
Irvin, of Walsall Wood, West Midlands, was today jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court and ordered to serve at least 24 years behind bars for the attack, which was described as ‘motiveless and brutal’ at his trial. Mrs Justice Nerys Jefford said: ‘This was a particularly callous and cruel attack which took the heart from your family. ‘Your reaction was cold and calculating as you went about covering your tracks and carried on as if nothing had happened.’This has had an unimaginable effect on your family who have had to listen to the horror of the injuries knowing it was done by one of their own. The murder was done for gain, motivated by design and intention to get money from Anne James.
Tulsa police have arrested a man charged with exploiting an elderly man out of more than a million dollars. The victim was 88 years old and died after the investigation began. He’ll be laid to rest Saturday. Financial crimes detectives say this is a heartbreaking case, but unfortunately, it’s one they see all too often; when someone takes advantage of an elderly person. But, in this case, it was to the tune of more than a million dollars. “The sad part is, your golden years are supposed to be wonderful,” said Lee Warner, Simmons’ friend. Police said Jess Jones befriended the victim, moved into his home, and started spending his money. A family friend contacted adult protective services who called the police. The affidavit said Jones, who’s unemployed, bought a Porsche and 2 Mercedes, spent $644,000 on credit cards and made $486,000 in cash withdrawals over three years, took trips, and gambled at area casinos.
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