Daily Archives: September 2, 2019

A Brief Look at Crime 8/26 – 9/01

Man killed in police confrontation at casino parking garage

The Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office has identified the man who died after a police-involved stabbing and shooting inside a casino parking garage. Marcus Boles, 35, of Shreveport, was identified in a news release on Sunday afternoon as the man who died after Saturday’s confrontation. Boles is reportedly a suspect in a stabbing and vehicle theft that occurred earlier at a different location, according to the Shreveport Police Department. The fatal police-involved incident occurred in the Sam’s Town Casino Parking Garage on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway around 6:50 p.m. Boles died around 7:30 p.m. at Ochsner LSU Health Hospital, according to the news release. Earlier, police were called to the 1300 block of North Market Street at a different casino in reference to a call of a stabbing, Shreveport Police Department’s public information officer Christina Curtis told The Times. “The suspect stabbed the victim over there and then stole his car,” She said. Officers later located the vehicle and the suspect inside the Sam’s Town parking garage. “When officers tried to approach the suspect, he tried to disarm the officer,” Curtis said. During the struggle, suspect was reportedly stabbed and shot; and the officer sustained minor injuries, police said.

Eight charged, 100 dogs seized in massive Gadsden County dog fighting, drug ring 

Eight Gadsden County residents are facing more than 80 federal charges in connection with a “large-scale,” illegal dog fighting ring involving about 100 dogs.   “The United States Attorney’s Office takes allegations of dog fighting very seriously. Our society can be judged, in part, by how we treat our animals,” Keefe said in a statement. “This office will work with our partners at the federal, state, and local levels to pursue such cases vigorously.” According to the federal indictment the defendants bred, housed, trained and fought pit bulls and pit bull-type dogs. They communicated with each other by telephone and text messages about the transporting, delivering, exchanging and selling of the animals, and the location of fights held around the county. A “cooperating source” helped with the investigation. “These ventures as proven by this investigation entail other criminal activity involving drugs, firearms and gambling,” he said. “This investigation in particular proves how intertwined illegal dog fighting ventures are with these other serious crimes.”

Platinum Gaming Penalized by UKGC to Pay £1.6 Million for Social Responsibility and Money Laundering Failures

Another online gambling operator will be forced to pay a monetary fine imposed by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) due to failures to identify *gambling-related harm* and lack of prevention for money laundering. The main gambling regulator of the British gambling sector launched an investigation after it received reports that Platinum Gaming allowed a convicted fraudster to spend a total amount of £629,420. During the enquiries, the Commission learned that the deposits the customer made were so high and losses so big that Platinum Gaming should have considered imposing some limits to the customer, including to ban them from its services. Instead, the online gambling firm continued to allow the customer to gamble. Now, as part of the settlement reached between the UKGC and Platinum Gaming, the online gambling operator agreed to return the amount of £629,420 to fraudster’s victims and to pay a total of £990,200 in lieu of a financial penalty. The money is set to be spent by the Commission to facilitate the delivery of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. According to the investigation’s results, anti-money laundering regulations were breached by the operator. In addition, Platinum Gaming failed to make adequate checks of the source of the funds which were used by the customer to gamble.

Florida attorney’s bookkeeper accused of stealing $200K, spending it at casino

A bookkeeper for a South Florida attorney stole more than $200,000 over a two-and-a-half year period, spending some of it at a casino, at restaurants, for Uber rides and even to pay utility bills, police said. Greene, who was the office manager for Fort Lauderdale attorney Lloyd Falk, allegedly stole $217,376.63 and used Falk’s personal identification information without his consent, according to court records. Falk owns and manages real estate properties, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Nearly 600 Pit Bulls & Roosters Seized From Animal-Fighting Raid, Suspect in Custody

Nearly 600 animals, pit bulls and roosters, were rescued across two Indiana counties in May 2019, according to a report by NBC News. An animal fighting investigation got started after authorities received a tip, via Crime Stoppers, that animals were being trained for fighting in a home in Morgan County. The Indiana Gaming Commission conducted searches in the residence, which belonged to one Martin Anderson from Camby. He was taken into custody at Morgan County Jail. They seized one pit bull at the scene, the Indianapolis Star reported.

However, the search extended to another property, a farm located in Owen County, where over 550 roosters were found, along with nine pit bulls. The dogs were restrained with heavy chains and were “housed in a manner consistent with dogfighting,” stated a press release from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). They assisted authorities in the rescue operation. “There’s no place in Indiana communities for animal fighting and the illegal gambling that goes with it, and we are very pleased that we were able to shut down this operation,” stated Townsend in the press release.

The seizure is of average size, says Townsend, but the number of animals could still overwhelm both his agency and local shelters, FOX 59 reported. The seized animals were taken to a temporary shelter at an unnamed location, Jessica Rushin, a senior manager of Partnerships with ASPCA, told NBC. “Animal fighting is one of the most heinous forms of animal cruelty, and sadly it is far more common in the United States than many people realize,” she added in a statement. “To betray animals by forcing them to fight for their lives for so-called entertainment is despicable.”

Man sentenced to 22 months for money laundering scheme with slot machines in Sacramento

A man was sentenced to 22 months in prison Friday for partaking in a money-laundering scheme that relied on slot machines in Sacramento and other Northern California cities, officials said. Another man involved in the scheme plead guilty Monday. Between October 2016 and November 2017, Dadon and Bar Shani, 27, used cash from the illegal gambling business to pay workers in their cosmetics business, according to court records. In return, Dadon and Shani arranged for Orel Gohar to receive checks from the cosmetics business. In the memo lines on the checks, Dadon wrote that Orel Gohar had provided consulting and training services, according to the court records. More than $150,000 was laundered, the Department of Justice said. Shani plead guilty April 26, according to court records. Between January 2015 and December 2017, Atari also conspired to launder money with the Gohar men, officials said. Atari paid employees in his home improvement and construction businesses with money from the illegal gambling operation, according to officials. Atari then sent checks and electronic transfers from his businesses to Yaniv Gohar, totaling $490,000, according to court records. He lied to the FBI about the nature of the money transfers and told his employees to also lie, court records say.

For more information on the dangers of gambling, please visit CASINO WATCH & CASINO WATCH FOUNDATION