Daily Archives: March 17, 2020

A Brief Look at Crime 03/02 – 03/08

Bingo addict Murdered Her Uncle

A bingo addict who murdered her elderly uncle to feed her habit admitted to the killing in a video selfie on his mobile phone, a new documentary has revealed. Susan Warne, 41, attacked John Proctor, 80, at his home in Leiston, Suffolk on June 13, 2015 pushing him down the stairs so she could rob him. Terrified he would go to the police however, she strangled the pensioner before stabbing him in the neck with a knife. She made off with just £300 and was later seen on CCTV in Lowestoft spending some of the cash on slot machines in an amusement arcade.

State halts 14 illegal gambling operations in 6 Michigan counties 

Fourteen Michigan businesses were issued cease-and-desist orders to stop offering illegal gambling games during 2019 through a joint enforcement effort by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office and the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The 14 businesses claimed to operate redemption games, which are legal in Michigan. Investigators determined the locations instead were offering casino-style video slot machines based on chance and rather than skill.

Former Executive Sentenced for Stealing $4 Million From Firm

The former chief financial officer for a suburban St. Louis company was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for embezzling nearly $4 million from the firm. Bryan G. Vonderahe, 45, of Kirkwood, Missouri, also must pay restitution. He pleaded guilty in October to wire fraud. According to the documents, Vonderahe set himself up as a sham vendor and issued about 500 company checks to himself, totaling about $3.8 million. The U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis said Vonderahe falsified company records and issued financial statements to outside auditors as part of his scheme. Authorities said Vonderahe used the money on personal expenses, travel and gambling.

Australian sportsbooks issued with record AU$207,500 fine for gambling inducements

Australian sportsbooks Ladbrokes and Neds have been issued with the biggest fine of its kind ever issued in the state of New South Wales after being found guilty of offering illegal gambling inducements to residents. Subject to a potential appeal, the companies have been fined AU$207,500 (US$140,000) after an investigation by Liquor & Gaming NSW relating to four Ladbrokes and two Neds ads that ran across Channel 7, Instagram and Facebook in 2018. Ladbrokes is the parent company of Neds, having acquired the smaller operator in an AU$95 million deal in late 2018.

According to Liquor & Gaming NSW, the companies breached NSW law by offering bonus bets to new customers who signed up and made a deposit. Under the NSW Betting and Racing Act, it is an offence to publish a gambling advertisement that includes any inducement to participate, or participate frequently, in any gambling activity. “Inducements are known to increase the risk of gambling harm and these advertisements reached a broad segment of the population,” said Liquor & Gaming NSW Assistant Director of Compliance, Dimitri Argeres. “In NSW such advertisements are restricted to registered betting account holders. “This record fine should serve as a reminder that betting operators have an obligation to ensure their gambling advertising complies with NSW laws.

General Manager of Historic Tavern Stole Nearly $70K

The general manager of a historic tavern in Kentucky has been accused of stealing nearly $70,000 from the business and then gambling it away. Detectives determined Smock stole almost $64,000 from daily deposits and nearly $4,000 from the house bank where money was stored, Chitwood said. Smock has refused to speak with detectives, Chitwood said, but police obtained a warrant and arrested him Feb. 9. A preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for Wednesday, the Courier Journal reported. The complaint warrant states Smock admitted to gambling the money away, news outlets reported. Smock was being held in the Fayette County Jail, Chitwood said in the news release. It was unclear whether he had an attorney to speak for him.

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