Daily Archives: January 11, 2021

A Brief Look at Crime 01/04 – 01/10

Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for casino parking lot killing 

A family unleashed nearly two years’ worth of frustration and anger on Robert Pulvermacher in court Tuesday. A judge sentenced the man to life in prison for killing 88-year-old Harold Johnson outside of Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells. Pulvermacher didn’t say much during his sentencing hearing in Sauk County Court. He pleaded no contest to first-degree intentional homicide. The crime itself goes back to January 2019. According to a criminal complaint, Johnson lent $100 to Pulvermacher at the casino. Johnson returned two days later, expecting Pulvermacher to pay him back.

Surveillance video showed the two men walking outside together and getting into a car. Johnson’s body was found a day later with five stab wounds, including two in his neck. Several family members spoke before Tuesday’s sentencing. They said this may have started as a dispute over $100, but Johnson’s family said they’ve paid a much greater price. “You stole his wallet and left him to die in his car and you used his money and gambled for seven hours. You are a coward and a waste of skin and I hope you rot in prison and then in hell,” Johnson’s daughter Nancy said.

Cwmbran finance director stole £800k from We Fight Any Claim

A FINANCIAL director who swindled her own firm out of £800,000 to feed an online gambling addiction wept as she was taken to the cells. Lauren Farr, 34, conned Cwmbran company We Fight Any Claim for more than three years while working there as a trusted senior executive. She was remanded in custody by Judge Neil Bidder QC who told her she will be going straight to jail after she pleaded guilty to fraud. Her crime attracts a prison term of between five to eight years, Cardiff Crown Court was told. The defendant, of Spring Grove, Greenmeadow, Cwmbran, admitted defrauding We Fight Any Claim out of £825,751.

Ieuan Bennett, representing mother-of-two Farr, told Cardiff Crown Court: “She has been frozen with fear and trepidation with what is going to happen to her. “She is paralysed with anxiety. There is a back story to the defendant.” Mr Bennett added: “She became a senior figure in her field. She has overcome a drink problem which still haunts her. “She spent her money online with a wholescale gambling addiction. She hasn’t told her family. “I think she is still living in something of a state of denial. I think the realisation of her inevitable future is sinking in.”

Seven men indicted in connection with Eastman dog fighting ring

About two-and-a-half years after 63 pit-bulls were rescued from a large-scale dog fighting ring in Dodge County, seven men connected with it have been indicted in federal court. “Contests of animal cruelty not only are illegal, but also are cesspools of associated criminal activity including gambling, drug trafficking and illegal firearms possession,” U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine for the Southern District of Georgia said in a Wednesday news release about the indictments. “We won’t tolerate it, and with our prosecutors and law enforcement partners, we are determined to eradicate this barbaric practice. Most of the charges are felonies carrying up to five years each in prison upon conviction. Attending a dog fight is a misdemeanor that carries a punishment of up to one year in prison.

Secretary-Treasurer of Maryland Labor Union Pleads Guilty to Embezzling More Than $294,000

Sarah Geddes Holmes, age 65, of Clinton, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to the federal charges of embezzlement from a labor organization and bank fraud.  Holmes, who was the Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local Lodge 24, admitted that she embezzled $294,585.18 from the union. Between May 2015 and June 2018, Local 24 represented approximately 423 members, who worked for 10 different employers at Andrews Air Force Base.   Local 24 members paid monthly dues that were intended to fund legitimate union purposes, including bargaining with employers, litigating grievances, and providing any administrative support that Local 24 required to conduct its business. Holmes used the fraudulently obtained union funds at casinos and to make personal purchases, including food, household goods, beauty supplies, online gaming, and other gambling-related charges. On 17 occasions, Holmes deposited fraudulent Local 24 checks, totaling $39,894.79 on the same day that her player card was used at Maryland Live! Casino.

Night of violence leaves 4 dead, draws Houston closer to 400 murders for the year

In a violent night across Houston, four men were slain in separate shootings, including a security guard killed at an illegal gambling site, police said. The killings bring the city’s murder count to 380, marking a nearly 50% increase from this time last year. The first shooting occurred around 6:45 p.m. Thursday on the 8000 block of   Winthrop Lane in southeast Houston, said Lt. M. Pavel, a Houston Police Department night commander. The victim, in his 20s, walked outside of his house and a red truck pulled up, Pavel said. After a short while, the victim’s sister heard six or seven gunshots. She ran outside and saw her brother had been shot. Paramedics pronounced him dead.

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