Daily Archives: October 7, 2019

A Brief Look at Crime 9/23 – 10/06

Oklahoma woman pleads guilty to grandson’s murder after leaving him in casino parking lot 

An Oklahoma City woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder by child neglect in Indian Country after she allegedly left her 5-year-old grandson in a hot car for hours last summer while she was at a casino. According to an affidavit, officials say 50-year-old Alanna Jean Orr was caring for her grandson on June 21, 2018, when she went to the Kickapoo Casino in Harrah. Officials say surveillance video showed Orr arriving at the casino at 1:23 p.m. and leaving at 7:28 p.m. Court records say her grandson was in the car during this time, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees that day. Officials say about 15 minutes after she left the casino, Orr called 911 to report that her grandson had choked and was not breathing. Emergency officials arrived and tried to resuscitate the five-year-old, “but found that rigor mortis had already begun.” Officials say Orr was arrested in April following her indictment by a federal grand jury for second-degree felony murder by child neglect in Indian Country. Investigators say the crime was subject to federal jurisdiction because Orr and the child are both Native American and the offense took place on tribal trust land. On Tuesday, Orr pleaded guilty to the indictment. During her hearing, Orr admitted that she caused her grandson’s death.

Former employee pleads guilty to stealing $200,000 from Whatcom casino (WA) 

A former Silver Reef Casino employee has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing $200,000 from the business in November 2018. Shannon Marie Morris pleaded guilty June 12 to one count of theft by an employee of a gaming establishment on Indian lands in United States District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle, according to federal court records. In a statement supporting her guilty plea, Morris said that on Nov. 24, 2018, she entered the Silver Reef Casino, walked into the cash collection area, stole $200,000 from the casino and left with the money, according to court records. Morris was an employee at the casino at the time, records show. Morris is no longer employed at the casino, according to marketing director Eric Larsen. In a story previously reported in The Bellingham Herald, Morris allegedly called 911 to report that she had been forced by a man with a gun to commit the theft. She also allegedly told law enforcement that the man had mentioned wanting to plant a bomb in the casino.

Ladbrokes Coral hit by £5.9m penalty over vulnerable gamblers

Ladbrokes Coral will pay a £5.9m penalty, one of the largest imposed by the Gambling Commission, over “systemic failings” to protect problem gamblers who lost hundreds of thousands of pounds. The regulator detailed a litany of transgressions by Ladbrokes Coral between 2014 and 2017, finding that it failed to fulfil its obligations to “protect customers from gambling harm” and prevent money laundering. When the company became aware of the problem, it simply reduced the number of its customers it deemed “high risk”, rather than investing to protect them the commission’s investigation found. “These were systemic failings at a large operator, which resulted in consumers being harmed and stolen money flowing though the business and this is unacceptable,” the commission’s executive director, Richard Watson, said. The failures include neglecting to ask one customer who lost £1.5m over three years about their source of funds, despite clear signs of problem gambling such as logging into their account 10 times a day and losing £64,000 in a month.

Suspect Arrested in Homicide at Downtown Reno Hotel-Casino

Reno police have arrested a 22-year-old suspect in the killing of a California woman whose body was found earlier this month at a downtown hotel-casino. Tevin Johnson was booked on suspicion of open murder on Monday in the July 19 death of 37-year-old Amber Morris of Moreno Valley, California at the Circus Circus hotel-casino. Police say Johnson had been arrested the day after Morris’ body was found on an unrelated charge and detectives subsequently developed probable cause to arrest him for the slaying. He previously was being held at the Washoe County Jail on $150,000 cash-only-bond on a charge of illegally obtaining or using another person’s identification, but he’s now being held without bail. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer or will be appointed one at an upcoming court appearance.

Las Vegas Strip Casinos Allege Man Stole $625K Through Marker Credits

Three Las Vegas Strip casinos say a 46-year-old man stole from their gaming properties by arranging credit advances through markers. The /Las Vegas Review-Journal/ obtained an arrest warrant and criminal complaint from Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson’s office that shows Sang Lee allegedly secured eight casino markers totaling $625,000 between 2016 and 2017. The casinos say the money was never returned. Lee was arrested this week but released on his own recognizance, according to the records. A casino marker is essentially an IOU (I owe you), a financial negotiating instrument. The patron writes a check to the cashier in exchange for gaming funds, and the casino promises not to cash the check for a certain period of time – typically 30 days Lee is accused of writing three checks totaling $300,000 to The Venetian, and two others totaling $25,000 at The Palazzo – both properties owned by Las Vegas Sands. The complaint also claims he wrote three checks to Wynn Las Vegas totaling $300,000. After Lee failed to pay back the markers in the agreed upon time, the casinos cashed the checks, but were notified by his bank that sufficient funds were not available.

Loudoun County jury gives Moreno 38 years for sister’s murder

A Loudoun County jury has found Michel Moreno, 59, guilty of first degree murder and hit-and-run resulting in injury or death after a nine-day trial, according to the commonwealth’s attorney’s office.Moreno was driving his sister Nancy Moreno to Washington Dulles International Airport to drop her off for a business trip. Just north of the airport, Michel Moreno pulled over on Route 28 and Nancy Moreno exited the SUV. Michel Moreno then ran over his sister with the vehicle and drove away from the scene. He did not stop to help her or call law enforcement, according to authorities. Nancy Moreno was transported to Reston Hospital, where she died from her injuries a few hours later. Faw told the Times-Mirror that the crime occurred after Nancy Moreno, with whom Michel Moreno had been living in Sterling since their mother’s death, began to ask her brother to take more fiscal responsibility in their living situation. She had asked him to start paying rent, had gotten him a job and was trying to stop him from gambling. “He became more and more frustrated with her efforts to alter his behavior,” Faw said, adding that while Moreno was clearly psychologically troubled as a result of past brain injuries, it remains unclear whether his mental instability played a major role in the crime.

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