A Brief Look at Crime 11/11 – 11/17

Suspect Arrested in Connection With Fatal Shooting of Man at ‘Illegal Gambling Establishment’

Investigators have arrested a man in Arizona on suspicion of fatally shooting another man at what police described as an “illegal gambling establishment” in Long Beach last month, authorities said Friday. Richard Allen Quintana, 31, of Long Beach was captured in Glendale, Arizona, in recent days and was extradited back to California Thursday to face a murder charge, according to Long Beach Police Department officials and Los Angeles County booking records. He was also being held on an unrelated warrant, as well as another warrant for violating the terms of Post-Release Community Supervision, or felony probation, stemming from a prior conviction. Patrol officers approached a crowd of people gathered on a sidewalk when a witness told them a man had been shot, police said. The victim, later identified as Akins, was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds the next day. An autopsy determined Akins died from multiple gunshot wounds and the death was deemed a homicide, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner records. Detectives determined the shooting took place inside a nearby illegal gambling parlor, but information regarding the circumstances or a motive were not released.

Shocking UK Gambling Commission Data Reveals 250-650 Gambling-related Suicides Every Year

The UK Gambling commission’s latest data reveals that annually about 250-650 people commit suicide due to gambling-related issues. The Gambling Commission also found that the British gamblers spend about £14.5bn on various gambling products each year. According to the figures released by UKGC, gamblers in the UK spent about $18 billion gambling in the past 12 months between October 2017and September 2018. Online gambling is fast becoming popular amongst UK gambling enthusiasts. Moreover, online gambling accounts for the majority of the money spent on gambling, followed by sports betting and the National Lottery. The gambling participation rate among adults has also been on the rise. Moreover, gambling addiction amongst children in the UK is at an all-time high. According to a recent UKGC report, the number of children facing compulsive gambling issues hace increased by four times in the past two years. Recently, to limit children’s access to gambling products and gambling adverts, theUk Gambling commission warned gambling operators urging them to make sure that their affiliate partners are not allowing users to get access to ‘free-to-play’ games without having age verifications. The UKGC reminded the operators that if a gambling operator is getting customers via an affiliate which is offering free to play games without having due age verification would amount to the violation of the code of conduct as per the license agreement.

Couple Accused of Stealing $1M From New Mexico Restaurant 

A New Mexico couple is accused of stealing more than $1 million from the Cattle Baron Restaurant in Roswell. The state attorney general’s office says Brian Casaus and his wife, Tammy, are facing numerous charges that include tax fraud and money laundering. Initial hearings for the couple are scheduled next week. Court records did not list attorneys for either defendant. Criminal complaints allege that Brian Casaus used his position as the restaurant’s controller and office manager to transfer funds from the restaurant’s bank account to personal accounts belonging to him and his wife. Tammy Casaus worked as the restaurant’s payroll coordinator. The alleged fraud happened between 2012 and 2016. Prosecutors say the money was used for personal expenses and to make payments to multiple credit cards and casinos.

Calgary woman sentenced to prison for embezzling $1.2M from employer

Years before she was ultimately charged in a $1.2-million embezzlement scheme, a former Calgary woman was ready to plead guilty, her lawyer said Monday. Defence counsel Peter Hoare said he was retained by Colleen Fay Dhuga shortly after she confessed in 2014 to stealing money from her employer to fund her gambling addiction. But Hoare said it was only in 2018 that she was ultimately charged.Hoare said his client wanted to plead guilty from the outset, in part to avoid causing Anderson any further pain. “Ms. Dhuga first confessed to the offence when confronted on March 11, 2014,” the lawyer said. “It’s been my instruction to deal with the matter, not put Mr. Anderson through anything more.” At Hoare’s request, Brown recommended Dhuga be allowed to serve her sentence at the Fraser Valley Institution for Women in Abbotsford, B.C., so she can be closer to her family, who now live in Kelowna. Dhuga pleaded guilty to defrauding cash from four companies owned by Anderson while working as controller. When she pleaded guilty in February, court was told Dhuga, 50, said: “I see you have discovered my gambling habit,” when confronted about the missing money.

Palm Beach County tech CEO used investors’ cash to pay gambling debts (FL)

A Palm Beach County businessman with a checkered past wooed investors with the promise that he’d create a competitor to popular coupon sites Groupon and LivingSocial. Instead of building a successful company, the SEC says, Parker misappropriated $4.6 million of investors’ cash. He used $2 million to pay off gambling debts at two Seminole casinos, the SEC said in a federal fraud suit filed this week. Meanwhile, because the Department of Justice hasn’t released the findings from its 2018 raid, much of what happened to Social Venture’s money is a mystery, Schneider said. “We still don’t have a complete accounting of money in and money out,” Schneider said.

Newark man admits fatally shooting fellow gambler near betting spot 

A Newark man who fatally shot a 26-year-old whom he was gambling with in Newark pleaded guilty to first degree aggravated manslaughter, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens announced Thursday. Robert Steele, 27, shot Hydee Wrice, also of Newark, at close range on Oct. 29, 2017. The two had been placing bets at an illegal gambling spot at the 100 block of Littleton Avenue in Newark, said the prosecutor on the case. The plea agreement accepted by Steele calls for him to be sentenced to 25 years in state prison. He would have to serve 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for parole. “While no amount of prison time can ever bring back the victim or rebuild the lives destroyed by this defendant’s cold-blooded killing, the interests of justice are served by this guilty plea which makes clear that society will not tolerate such conduct,” said Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Alex Albu. Wrice initially survived the shooting, but he died at University Hospital about two weeks later. He was shot just six days after his 26th birthday, according to his obituary.

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