Daily Archives: July 8, 2019

A Brief Look at Crime 6/24 – 6/30

Man kills wife by forcing her to drink acid for protesting against betting in matches 

A 32-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by her husband along with 4 other family members when she voiced her concerns regarding placing bets during Indian Premier League matches in Malda town, located in West Bengal. The woman’s father alleged that the family committed the crime against the deceased after she protested on IPL betting. According to the police, the woman was immediately rushed to the Malda Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) when she was in an unconscious state by her neighbours on Wednesday night. However, she was pronounced ‘brought dead’ by the doctors in the hospital in Malda, which is located around 327 km towards the north of West Bengal capital, Kolkata.

Shooting happened in illegal poker house outside Shelby (NC)

Investigators uncovered a suspected gambling house when they responded to a shooting Monday afternoon. Deputies with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office responded to find a man shot in his abdomen inside a residence. His wife was with him when investigators arrived, but the details of the shooting are still unclear according to Sheriff Alan Norman. The injured man has not been forthcoming with information so far, potentially because he was wounded inside an illegal gambling operation, Norman said. The home contained video poker machines, according to Norman. The sheriff said robbery appears to be the motive in the shooting, and the shooter is still at large. Investigators taped off the scene immediately and brought dogs out to search for the suspect. Norman said the most important task at hand is to find the shooter, then a multifaceted investigation will begin into the altercation, and the possible illegal gambling that appears to have been taking place in the rural community.

Ex-New Canaan woman used son’s life insurance to gamble 

A former New Canaan woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Virginia courtroom to embezzling about $100,000 from her grandchildren by spending her late son’s insurance policy. In court, a Commonwealth County attorney said Ireland used the money to fuel her gambling habit. Ireland and her late husband David Walter Ireland, a retired New Canaan police officer, moved to Virginia about 20 years ago. She was arrested on Sept. 18, 2018 on a charge of felony embezzlement. “I’m sorry. I don’t know what happened,” she said in court, according to The News and Advance covered the case. In late November 2014, his mother received more than $100,000 as custodian of the funds, since his oldest daughter Skyler was still a minor at the time. The News and Advance reported that Bedford Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers said Frances Ireland opened bank accounts in her grandchildren’s names and used the money from her son’s policy “to support her own gambling habit.”

Ohio collects over $10 million in owed child support payments from gambling winnings

Winning a jackpot from one of Ohio’s casinos, racetracks or lottery tickets is fun — unless you owe child support. Ohio began collecting winnings from those who owe child support in 2007, though the state integrated with a real-time interface with the Ohio Lottery in 2014. So far, that number has reached $10 million. Kelly Billups of Grove City said after her divorce, she struggled to provide for her three daughters after her husband stopped paying child support. “We got food stamps for a while, we got some state insurance. I was making 16 dollars an hour trying to raise three kids,” she said. Now that her children are grown, she said she doubts she’ll ever see any of the money he still owes her. “Even though the girls are over 18 now, there is still $80,000 debt he owes to me for raising those girls. I’ll never see it,” she said. Ohio was one of the first states to go after back child support payments by going after lottery winnings. Using a database, the state checks the name of people who owe, and if they win, the casinos, racinos or lottery commission withholds all or a portion of the jackpot. Since 2014, 6,300 jackpots have been intercepted, totaling more than $10 million. “I love it I absolutely love it and I hope nobody tells them,” Billups said. She says the rare time she got money from her ex was when he was arrested for non-payment.

Accountant indicted in bank fraud case

A Huntington accountant has been federally indicted more than two years after she was accused of embezzling more than $1 million from a client’s account. Price was originally arrested in January 2016 and charged with more than 900 counts of embezzlement, forgery and uttering in Cabell County after the executor in charge of the trust for Elizabeth Caldwell, a Huntington woman who died in the fall of 2015, went to the West Virginia State Police after noticing the account was lower than expected. At that time it was alleged Price had embezzled more than $1 million from the Caldwell account, but the case was put on hold in Cabell County Circuit Court after federal authorities showed interest in the case. Investigators had said Price had spread out the money over several bank accounts, including those of her son and boyfriend. According to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, Price “paid off (a) vehicle, went on trips, helped her son start a business, paid off her (son’s) student loans, supported her boyfriend and supported her gambling habit.”

Ex-OU punter sentenced to federal prison after embezzling from Tulsa bank to pay his bookie

A former Tulsa banking executive who siphoned nearly $700,000 from his employer to pay off gambling debts was sentenced Thursday to two years and seven months in federal prison. Blake Brian Ferguson, 37, was convicted after pleading guilty to committing a variety of fraudulent activities while employed at Firstar Bank N.A., where he was senior vice president. His incarceration on three counts of bank fraud and one count of unlawful monetary transaction will be followed by five years of supervised release. Chief U.S. District Judge John E. Dowdell ruled that Ferguson must make restitution to the bank and individuals affected, amounting to $144,160. “The integrity of the banking system is essential to the economic well-being of our community,” U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said in a statement. “In this instance, a senior bank officer betrayed the trust and confidence placed in him by the bank, his staff, and customers. Mr. Ferguson’s sentence sends a signal to the marketplace that fraud will not be tolerated inside our financial institutions.”

Ferguson’s brother also pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges related to work at Firstar Bank. Prosecutors alleged that Jeffrey Scott Ferguson stole $620,000 from customer accounts at the same bank. Jeffrey Ferguson’s sentencing is pending, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman. Both brothers were punters for the University of Oklahoma football team. Jeffrey Ferguson played on OU’s 2000 championship team and was later named an All-American.

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