A Brief Look at Crime 8/05 – 08/11

Mobster’s son is indicted for ‘ordering fatal hit on his own father at a McDonald’s drive-thru attempting to take over illegal gambling business

A mobster’s son allegedly ordered a hit on his father at a McDonald’s drive-thru in the Bronx as well as a botched hit on his own brother, authorities say. Anthony Zottola Sr has been charged with murder-for-hire conspiracy, causing death through the use of a firearm and unlawful use and possession of firearms, according to an indictment filed in Brooklyn federal court and released Tuesday. ‘As alleged, Zottola Sr set in motion a deadly plot to kill his father and brother, with Bloods gang members carrying out extreme acts of violence to collect a payoff for the hits,’ US Attorney Richard Donoghue said. He allegedly paid gangster Bushawn ‘Shelz’ Shelton to shoot dead his father, Sylvester ‘Sally Daz’ Zottola on October 4 outside the McDonald’s after his Acura SUV was boxed in by other vehicles. A reputed associate of the Bonanno crime family, the elder Zottola was suspected of running an illegal gambling operation.

Dozens Of Jacksonville Gaming Parlors Targeted As Part Of Crackdown (FL)

Twenty-three gaming parlors were ordered shut down Monday following a City Council ruling to ban casino-style games at internet cafes around the city, according to city officials. WJCT News partner /The Florida Times-Union/ reports that the City said they constitute “a public nuisance.” The action targeted the first of a list of businesses well known for bright LED lighting around signs advertising “FUN” in strip malls from Arlington to the Westside. The City Council approved the bill May 28, and the city’s demand to cease operations focuses on any business that does not have a valid certificate of use issued by the city. About 110 businesses hold those certificates authorizing them to operate and can keep their gaming devices until Feb. 1, city attorney Jason Teal told the City Council before the bill’s passage. “Many more simulated gambling establishments have opened illegally,” among the first targeted with the Monday deadline, the city said.

League of Legends Hit by Gambling and Match-Fixing Scandal

The popular eSports game League of Legends has been recently embroiled in a scandal regarding gambling and match-fixing. LGD Gaming’s Xiang “Condi” Ren-Jie and manager Song “Hesitate” Zi-Yang have been found to be involved in League of Legends match-fixing and gambling. Condi was suspended for 18 months from competitive League of Legends gameplay. Zi-Yang has been given a lifetime ban. The incident of gambling and match-fixing involving League of Legends comes at a time when eSports is expected to skyrocket in growth. According to VSO News, experts believe that online gambling on eSports will surpass the $13bn mark by 2020. Sports stadiums play host to eSports events and viewership has grown over the past few years. Young people now spend more time than ever watching videogame streamers and content creators. Esports had 335 million viewers in 2017 and that number is expected to increase to around 557 million by 2021. Currently, the two main formats for watching streamed video gaming footage are Twitch and YouTube. Each site continues to see growth as the industry becomes more popular. As the industry becomes more popular, those involved will have to keep an eye out for incidents of match-fixing and illegal gambling.

Businessman accused of writing $330,000 bad check at casino

Beaumont businessman Larry Tillery Sr. is accused of writing a bad check for $330,000 to a Lake Charles casino. He was arrested and taken to jail on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. However, Louisiana authorities have asked their Texas counterparts to release Tillery from jail, where he spent a night. KFDM/Fox 4’s Angel San Juan reports that the district attorney’s office in Calcasieu Parish doesn’t want to extradite Tillery, so the D.A. office in Calcasieu Parish asked Texas authorities to release Tillery. The Tyler County sheriff had been holding. Tillery without bond in the jail in Woodville since Tuesday afternoon on the Louisiana charge.Tillery was released from jail on Wednesday. Although Tillery is out of jail, the charge against him remains active, along with a federal investigation accusing him of illegal gambling.

NJ Online Sportsbook DraftKings fined for allowing cool-off players to continue to gamble 

According to the DGE, the DraftKings online sportsbook noticed last November that its platform was allowing some gamblers who had requested “cool-off status” to continue to wager. The DGE said that the tech fail happened thanks to a software upgrade the previous month. A total of 54 gamblers were in cool-off status at the time of the software malfunction, according to the Garden State. DraftKings corrected the issue on Nov. 16, informing the DGE of what happened. Between Oct. 24 and Nov. 16, 13 of those gamblers deposited money and placed a combined $28.8k in wagers. DraftKings won a combined $3.2k from that handle from 11 of those players. For those unfamiliar with this feature, NJ actually requires online gambling operators to offer a way for patrons to take a break. It’s a feature you won’t find in a brick-and-mortar casino. “Internet and mobile gaming systems shall employ a mechanism that places an internet or mobile gaming account in a suspended mode,” says a provision in NJ’s online gambling regulations.. Online sportsbooks must provide a minimum of 72 hours of suspended play when a patron seeks cool-off status. That 72-hour minimum, while possibly dissuading some gamblers from requesting cool-off status, does boost the odds that a gambler losing control can receive enough time to clear their head.

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