Daily Archives: April 7, 2020

A Brief Look at Crime 03/23 – 04/05

William Hill Owned Online Casino, Fined For Ignoring Problem Gambling 

Mr Green online casino, which is owned by William Hill sports book, is being fined for $3.8 Million for not helping prevent gambling addictions. This has been an ongoing incident amongst online casinos since 2018. The money from all of these fines will go toward helping gamblers who suffer from addiction. The William Hill business is one of several online gaming platforms that has been punished in accordance with the U.K.’s stricter guidelines for online betting and gambling. Mr Green is actually the ninth casino operator to be hit with a fine. Since 2018, there has been *$25.6 Million in fines paid due to the same reason. The Gambling Commission has revoked six managers’ licenses and has given out six other formal warnings.  “Our investigation uncovered systemic failings in respect of both Mr Green’s social responsibility and AML controls which affected a significant number of customers across its online casinos,” said.” Richard Watson, Gambling Commission executive director.

Martinsville, Danville women arrested and charged with child abuse in North Carolina 

Two mothers from Martinsville and Danville were arrested early Sunday by the Rockingham County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office and charged with leaving their children unattended in a car while they were gambling. The engine was off, and the hood was cold to the deputies’ touches, the release said, leading to an investigation. Deputies learned that Hairston and White had been inside the gaming establishment for approximately two to three hours while their children (each mother to one of the children) were left unattended in the vehicle. Hairston and White were arrested and held in the Rockingham County Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond.

Kettering woman wanted for embezzling $270K for gambling

Authorities are looking for a Kettering woman accused of embezzling more than $273,000 from the Warren County office of Nelson & Associates, specialists in the development and management of affordable housing. Alison McGaughey, 39, of Kettering was indicted on charges of telecommunications fraud, aggravated theft, unauthorized use of property, identity fraud and tampering with records, according to a list of indictments released Monday by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

The case against McGaughey, office manager and bookkeeper for the Nelson & Associates office in Deerfield Twp. since December 2012, began after a supervisor went to her house after she didn’t come work in May 2019, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell. Company officials reviewed business records and discovered all passwords and fraud alert notifications had been changed to be sent to her, Fornshell said. “She had transferred in access of $105,000 from company accounts to her PayPal and personal accounts,” the prosecutor added. Through the Ohio Casino Commission, investigators determined McGaughey “had been gambling large amounts of money during 2018 and 2019 in addition to taking several vacations during that period,” Fornshell said.

1 Charged, 2 Wanted After Men Stole $42K in MGM National Harbor Winnings

One man has been charged and two others are still sought after police say they attacked and robbed two men who won $42,000 at the MGM National Harbor casino. Javontae Renard Smallwood, 27, of Southeast D.C., was charged Monday with armed robbery and aggravated malicious wounding. He already was in jail in Fairfax County on unrelated charges. Prince William County police say they’re searching for Tavon Everett Lee Vines, 27, of Northeast D.C., and Daquan Artis Tinker, 23, of Southeast D.C. What began as a night of celebration took a violent turn. Hours after two men won $42,000 playing blackjack at the MGM National Harbor casino, three masked men attacked and robbed them in Woodbridge, Virginia. The men were pistol-whipped and one was shot and wounded, court documents say about the attack Dec. 19. A neighbor said Monday that she heard the attack and was afraid.

Wichita Man Sentenced for Embezzling From Retired Widow

A retired financial adviser who took more than $800,000 from a retired widow was sentenced Tuesday to three years and two months in prison after a judge rejected his plea for probation. The 75-year-old victim testified Tuesday that she trusted Hollis to manage her estate after her husband died. She said he had destroyed her sense of security in retirement and denied her children and stepchildren their inheritance. Hollis asked the judge for probation, citing his age and medical issues. He blamed his crimes on a difficult upbringing and a gambling addiction. The judge also ordered Hollis to pay $822,322 to the victim. [He] pleaded guilty earlier this year to felony theft. Prosecutors said he embezzled the money from trust funds from 2014 to 2018, after the woman had been his client for many years.

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