Daily Archives: March 13, 2019

A Brief Look at Crime 02/25 – 03/03

Kappa Alpha Psi member fired for embezzling more than $1 million

According to/Philadelphia Magazine Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity member and former finance director, *Curtis Anderson* has been caught in a financial scandal after admitting that he embezzled over $1 million funds. Anderson, who served as a finance director at the fraternity’s international headquarters in Philadelphia for 20 years, was fired three days after admitting to his fraudulent activities. Investigations from agencies such as the Secret Service and FBI found that that Anderson had been embezzling money for over a year. Anderson cashed checks for almost $400,000 from the fraternity’s Santander bank account and at least $978,000 from the fraternity’s Wells Fargo account. Suspicions arose when Santander Bank contacted *John Burrell*, the fraternity’s executive director about “suspicious activity.” Once Burrell received the notice, he and *Thomas Battles*, the fraternity’s national president visited the bank to address the issues. While there, Anderson walked through the bank’s door, unaware the two would be there. According to investigators, both Burrell and Battles questioned Anderson about the checks that were written out to him and he allegedly cashed. And according to court documents, Anderson admitted to his illegal activities, revealing that he had a gambling and drinking problem.

Man accused of robbing Casino Queen, shooting security guard

A Georgia man has been charged in connection with an armed robbery at the Casino Queen in which a security guard was shot. Darryl Muhammad, 42, of Marietta, Georgia is charged with armed robbery/discharge of a firearm and one count of aggravated battery. Police say he and two other suspects were armed with rifles when they walked into the Casino Queen just before 3:00 a.m. on September 17, 2017. The three are accused of taking several cash drawers and shooting Larry Weber, a New Athens Fire Department Captain who is also a security guard at the casino. Muhammad is being held in the Cobb County, Ga. Jail on a $1 million bond, pending extradition to Illinois. The other two suspects are still at-large. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.

Nearly $2 billion in dirty money may have flowed through B.C. casinos

Regulators believe about $1.7 billion flowed through special B.C. Lottery Corp. high-roller accounts with large amounts funded by loan sharks and criminal bank drafts, a Global News investigation shows. The new information, which is revealed in B.C. Gaming Enforcement Branch audit documents obtained by Global News, means that estimates for the totals laundered in B.C. casinos will skyrocket. Previously, official money laundering estimates in B.C.’s casino scandal have focused on loan sharks and gamblers using bundles of dirty cash and suspicious transactions in casino high-limit cash cages.

But documents obtained through freedom-of-information requests show that regulators believe organized crime loan sharks and Chinese high-rollers are now using more sophisticated channels to launder cash into bank drafts and through B.C. Lottery Corp. “patron gaming fund” accounts. Already, with the cash-only transaction laundering methods used by Chinese VIPs and loan sharks, over $600-million in suspected dirty money washed through B.C. casinos from 2010 into 2016, Gaming Enforcement Branch documents show. Most of this cash was in $20 bills, the favoured currency in B.C.’s illegal drug trade. But now, by adding the “suspected dirty money” that regulators believe has flowed through $1.7 billion worth of questionable patron gaming funds, estimates of money laundered through B.C. casinos from 2010 to 2018 could reach $2 billion.

FBI seizes $1.6 million from Laredo-area maquinita owner

The FBI has seized about $1.6 million from a maquinita owner whose establishments authorities raided in Laredo, Zapata and Falcon Heights last year, authorities said. The seizure came Friday after the Fourth Court of Appeals denied a motion filed by the Zapata and Webb County District Attorney’s Office to consider rehearing the forfeiture case. In January 2018, authorities raided Villarreal’s home in Zapata and six 8-liner establishments in Laredo, Zapata and Falcon Heights. Her daughter, Rebecca Villarreal Lopez, along with Miriam Sanchez and Lucio Saldivar, were also arrested for their alleged involvement in illegal gambling at the maquinitas. Villarreal was charged with money laundering. The other co-defendants face charges of gambling promotion and engaging in organized criminal activity. Villarreal Lopez was also charged with keeping a gambling place. “The point that I want to make very clear is that gambling and gambling proceeds are illegal under state and federal law,” he said. Alaniz added, “As district attorney, we are now collaborating with our federal partners to deal with this crime.”

Soldier with gambling debts jailed for smuggling migrants

A soldier “desperate” for money joined a ring of migrant smugglers so he could pay off spiralling gambling debts prompted by the horror of seeing his best friend killed in action, a court has heard. Lance Corporal Kyle Harris was jailed for three years on Friday for his part in the conspiracy which saw him earn £5,000 a time for smuggling Kurdish asylum seekers into the UK from the Calais Jungle. The member of the Princess of Wales Regiment served two tours in Afghanistan before moving to the Barker Barracks in Paderborn, Germany. While on leave, he would travel home hiding migrants in the boot of his car, Maidstone Crown Court heard. The Army was “his life” but after the death he became withdrawn and was “struggling with demons”, having nightmares and experiencing insomnia, Ms Gillard said, adding: “The events that day led directly in a downward spiral to him committing these offences.” He was put on anti-depressants but given “very little assistance” by the Army mental health team so turned to drink, drugs and then became addicted to gambling using the base camp wifi late at night, racking up debts of £30,000 and so was “desperate for money”.

Jordy Robertson gambled donated cash in casinos, sold cocaine

Jordy Robertson, father of New Orleans Saints super fan Jarrius “JJ” Robertson, is accused of looting the charitable foundation he created in honor of his son’s battle against liver disease and gambling away more than $44,000 of the cash at local casinos, according to authorities. Robertson, 35, of Garyville, was arrested Thursday (Jan. 31) by the U.S. Marshal’s Service and booked with wire fraud, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and threatening a witness, according to court records. He was taken into custody after an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In addition to misspending donations meant to cover Jarrius’ medical expenses and promote organ donation, Robertson is also accused of scheming to sell kilograms of cocaine and intimidation of a witness in the drug investigation. Robertson’s son, Jarrius Robertson, 16,is a local celebrity who’s earned national attention with his fight against chronic liver disease. The teen has had two transplants but travels to speaking engagements to inspire others as he battles back against his illness. World Wrestling Entertainment presented Jarrius with the Warrior Award named for the Ultimate Warrior in 2018, and he received an ESPN Jimmy V Perseverance Award during the 2017 ESPY’s ceremony. Jordy Robertson founded It Takes Lives To Save Lives in November 2016 as a charitable organization dedicated to raising the awareness for pediatric organ transplants. Investigators discovered a total of $44,181 withdrawn from the accounts at the Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, $4,702 at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans and $413 at Boomtown Casino in Harvey, court records said.

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