A Brief Look at Crime 11/18 – 11/24

Judge sets $5,000 bail for woman police say killed husband over illegal gambling

The woman police say stabbed her husband in Quincy following the discovery of an illegal basement gambling operation is being held on $5,000 cash bail. Huixian Liu was arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court Thursday after a grand jury indicted her for manslaughter in the death of her husband, Biqiang He, on the Fourth of July. Judge Robert Cosgrove imposed a $5,000 bail, which she had not posted as of Friday morning. If she does make bail, Liu will have to wear a GPS monitoring device. Liu was originally charged with murder, but the jury returned the indictment on the lesser offense of manslaughter. Police responded to reports of a stabbing at 10 South Central Ave. in Quincy at about 7 p.m. Thursday, July 4, according police reports filed in court. One officer wrote that he was familiar with the house because the city had shut down an illegal gambling operation in its basement two days before. Witnesses told police that Liu and He were arguing about letting the city inspector into the two-family home’s basement to see gambling machines earlier in the week. The witness said the pair started to “wrestle and grapple with each other,” and He’s leg began bleeding.

New York man busted for trying to fix NCAA college basketball game

A New York man schemed with alleged mob figures to fix an NCAA college basketball game by offering players thousands of dollars, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Benjamin Bifalco, 25, was among 20 people swept up in a federal probe targeting members of the Colombo crime families and their associates in Staten Island, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Bifalco was caught on a wiretap discussing his scheme with Joseph Amato Jr., the son of an alleged Colombo captain. In a series of phone calls over the next several days, Bifalco laid out his plan to fix the game by “offering to pay thousands of dollars to multiple members of a basketball team so that they would intentionally lose by a lot,” allowing the favored team to cover the point spread, the court papers say. Bifalco tried to persuade Amato Jr. to place thousands of dollars on the game, according to federal prosecutors

Convicted Rapist Found Guilty Of £2.5m Fake Lottery Ticket Scam

Edward Putman had been accused of fraud by false representation after using a fake ticket to claim an outstanding jackpot. The 54-year-old from Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, was in court after conspiring with friend Giles Knibbs – who was an employee in the security department at Camelot between 2004 and 2010. The scam only came to light on 5 October 2015, when Mr Knibbs committed suicide. During the case at St Albans Crown Court, it was heard that before he died Knibbs told friends of his conspiracy with Putman, a builder who had worked on an extension at his home. Earlier that year, Putman had gone to the police alleging Knibbs had threatened to reveal his previous convictions for the rape of a 17-year-old girl in 1991 and a benefits fraud in 2012. Putman also told authorities that his co-conspirator had stolen his mobile phone and damaged the wing mirror on his car. It’s understood Knibbs was angry that he didn’t receive his share of the winnings. As a result Knibbs was arrested and reportedly told former partner John Coleyshaw that he thought he was ‘going down for 10 to 15 years for blackmail’.

Former gambler jailed for stealing €1.75million

A former gambler who was jailed for stealing €1.75million from An Post to feed a €10million betting frenzy has hit out at online bookies for targeting the vulnerable. Dad-of-one Tony O’Reilly described Ireland’s gambling habit as “chronic” and said there are not enough supports to help those caught in its grip. The 44-year-old, who stole from the safe while working as postmaster in Gorey, Co Wexford, spent 18 months in prison and lost his marriage over his actions. Tony told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “I pinpoint the online account as the changing point because of the ease of access and the way you could hide it. “I was able to gamble with a credit card from the comfort of my own room. I didn’t have to physically go to the bookies… using the card is not like real money. “People are able to gamble 24 hours a day now. It completely changed how I looked at the experience of gambling. It was heavy.” At the height of his addiction Tony, whose online user name was ‘Ton 10’, was lodging €5,000 into his account three times a day to feed his habit. He turned €5,000 into €462,000 over the space of a weekend but within 12 hours of his big win he had lost it all again. He said: “I think the lack of regulation is worrying. It’s not just gambling, it’s gaming, it’s the internet, it’s 24/7.

Lucchese mob boss ordered 2013 hit over unpaid $100K loan: prosecutors

Former acting Lucchese mob boss Matthew Madonna ordered a 2013 Bronx hit on a onetime ally after the man refused to repay a $100,000 loan, a prosecutor said Monday. The statement came during opening arguments in the White Plains trial of Steven Crea Sr., Christopher Londonio, Terrence Caldwell and Madonna — who are accused of racketeering conspiracy and other charges for their respective roles in the Lucchese organized crime family. “Not repaying a boss is a dangerous game,” said Cohen, adding that Londonio and alleged triggerman Caldwell subsequently executed Meldish as he sat in his parked car in November 2013. “Michael Meldish is dead because of these four men,” said Cohen. In addition to racketeering, the reputed wiseguys are also accused of extortion, loansharking, illegal gambling and other acts of ruthless violence. Londonio is also facing a separate charge for stockpiling bed sheets while in custody — purportedly as part of a plot to escape out the window of a federal lockup.

FBI Says Clearwater Man Used Investors’ Funds To Drink, Gamble

A Clearwater man who was living the high life with money stolen from investors in his fictional company will spend the next 46 months in federal prison. Buffington pleaded guilty to wire fraud on April 30. His sentenced was handed down Sept. 26. The court also ordered Buffington to forfeit more than $1.2 million from the proceeds of his criminal activities and pay more than $1.2 million in restitution to the victims of his fraud scheme. But it could be a long time before the victims see any restitution funds. When he was arrested on Aug. 30, 2018, Buffington was broke. Instead of investing the funds intended for GSE, the FBI said Buffington used the money he raised, including $3,000 wired to him by an undercover agent, for drinking, drugs and gambling. The FBI said he led a lavish lifestyle with the money from investors. He rented a pricey waterfront home on Boca Ciega Bay and spent more than $15,000 drinking and gambling at Derby Lane and the Hard Rock Casino.

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