A Brief Look at Crime 07/06 – 07/12

Gambling Experts Ask People to Remain Safe From Illegal Online Casinos During Quarantine

In a global survey, it is noted that people are spending their time playing online casino games to spend their free time during the coronavirus lockdown. And many gambling experts have asked them to play online casino games by keeping safety in their minds. Due to the high demand for online gambling during the quarantine period due to coronavirus pandemic, many new online gambling platforms have lined up to attract people on their online platforms.

Many gambling experts are suspecting that it could lead to an increase in the number of online frauds and crimes. According to them, it is not easy for a common person to know whether a given platform has a license to operate or not. Especially in the states with no-legalization of online gambling, many illegal casinos are operating online to supply their services to their customers.

Due to this, many cases of the operation of illegal casinos have come into the picture and it has increased the problem of people on a large scale. Last month, PokerStars founder, Isai Scheinberg pled guilty for the charges of illegal gambling business online. And this news rocked everyone in the online casino industry and hence many gambling experts have warned people to stay safe while playing online casino games during the coronavirus lockdown period.

Drugs, Guns, and Money – 11 Arrested in Illegal-Gambling Operation Shut-Down at Apartment

For those considering gambling entertainment during a pandemic, West Covina does not allow gambling, much less organized gambling in residences. Additionally, a group of gamblers sheltering in place along with six-feet-apart social distancing seems like an Impossibility. A recent tip of an illegal gambling operation at a local apartment complex opened an investigation for West Covina Police Department Investigators. “Investigators discovered several gambling machines, bulk U.S. currency, a large quantity of methamphetamine, and four firearms,” said Alexus Napoles, Community Relations Officer. Along with additional multiple items seized in the apartment, “A total of eleven individuals from the location were arrested and booked for various crimes, including illegal narcotics violations, weapons violations, and illegal gambling,” said Napoles. The average apartment doesn’t include enough floorspace for eleven people to effectively practice safe social distancing during Covid-19. 

Northeast Texas family sentenced for their roles in massive illegal gambling, money laundering enterprise

 Northeast Texas businessman, his wife and son were sentenced Friday for their roles in a massive illegal gambling and money laundering enterprise. Larry Tillery was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity and tax evasion. He was further ordered to forfeit approximately $2 million in cash, jewelry, and sports memorabilia that were proceeds of his illegal gambling enterprise and to pay restitution in the amount of $1,000,040. A money judgment of $32,758,541 was also ordered by the court.

Judy Tillery was sentenced to two years of federal probation for structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements. She shares the forfeiture judgment with her husband. Brian Tillery was sentenced to two years of federal probation for engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity. He was further ordered to forfeit approximately $245,477 and a residence in Beaumont with an appraised value of approximately $600,000 that was determined to be proceeds of the illegal gambling enterprise. A money judgment of $700,000 was also ordered by the court.

Blount County Man Pleads Guilty In Murder of Terrell Guy

A 22-year-old Blount County man has pleaded guilty in the 2017 murder of former Mountain Brook basketball star Terrell Guy. Steven Michael Crawford pleaded guilty to felony murder, which carries a life sentence with the possibility of parole. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force took Crawford into custody Dec. 28, 2017, charging him with capital murder, along with Joseph Curtis Moore, who was arrested December 15, 2017. The incident occurred Dec. 10, 2017 at HighPointe Apartments on Valley Avenue after what authorities believe was a gambling dispute. Guy was a high school standout during his senior year, sending the Spartans to the 2015 state championship with a last second three pointer. He was also named MVP of the Class 7A, Area 6 tournament at Mountain Brook High School, as well as to the Class 7A Northeast Regional All-tournament team at Jacksonville State.

Owner of 4 convenience stores charged with running gambling operation

The owner of four Salt Lake County convenience stores and nine of his employees were charged Thursday with running a gambling Operation. “The machines were described as similar to slot machines in Las Vegas that you pay cash to play and are paid out cash from the store if you win,” according to charging documents. Undercover officers observed about 10 gambling machines in the store, “all located in a dark back room behind the register,” the charges state.

“(An undercover officer) said the average person would never know the existence of the gaming machines in the business unless they were told about them.” “The machines were described as similar to slot machines in Las Vegas that you pay cash to play and are paid out cash from the store if you win,” according to charging documents. Undercover officers observed about 10 gambling machines in the store, “all located in a dark back room behind the register,” the charges state. “(An undercover officer) said the average person would never know the existence of the gaming machines in the business unless they were told about them.”

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