A Brief Look at Crime 03/15 – 03/21

Madison woman gets prison for $3M in tax evasion skimming video gambling machine money

A Madison woman was sentenced Friday to a year and a day in federal prison for avoiding paying more than $3 million in taxes on money skimmed from the proceeds of video gambling machines in bars. Mary Lavine, 65, pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and to filing a false 2018 corporate income tax return for Bullseye Inc., a business she co-owned, Scott Blader, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, said in a statement. U.S. District Judge James Peterson also fined Lavine $75,000, ordered her to serve two years of supervised release after her prison term and ordered her to pay restitution of $834,770 to the IRS and $1,927,853 to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

Argument over gambling leads to deadly shooting in Clayton

Investigators in Clayton County believe an argument over gambling prompted a shooting that killed one man and led to a murder charge for another, authorities said. Around 2:40 a.m. Sunday, officers and deputies were called to Dundee Court in Jonesboro on a report of a man being shot, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. A man, whose name was not released, was already dead from gunshot wounds. “Witnesses told law enforcement that the shooting resulted over an argument over gambling and identified the shooter as Kevin Green who had already fled the scene,” the sheriff’s office posted on social media. Green, 33, was arrested without incident and charged with malice murder. He was being held without bond late Monday, jail records show.

Woman wins jackpot at local casino, found dead 2 days later 

A woman was found dead inside her apartment days after winning a jackpot at Northern Quest Casino. According to court documents, Jenny A. Jones was found dead by her step-father, Albert Asher, on February 17. Jones’ mother, Sue Asher, asked Albert Asher to check-in on Jones after she did not answer her phone calls for two-days. Court documents said the last time Sue Asher spoke to Jones was the night of February 15. On February 15, Jones told her mother over the phone that she just won a jackpot at Northern Quest Casino. During the call, Jones told her mother  her phone was about to die, which it did, disconnecting the call. When Albert Asher went to check on Jones two-days later, he found her door unlocked and her body in the living room. Responding police said there was blood on Jones’ face and more blood on her shirt. Police said the blood did not trickle down her face to her shirt. Police also located a small knife next to Jones’ body. They ruled the death suspicious.

Rooster kills man at illegal cockfight in India 

According to the Associated Press the rooster, with a 3-inch knife attached to its leg, panicked and cut 45-year-old Thangulla Satish, its owner, in the groin area during the fight near the village of Lothunur in Telangana state. “Satish was hit by the rooster’s knife in his groin and started bleeding heavily,” police inspector B. Jeevan said Sunday. The man died on his way to the hospital. Inspector Jeevan said the rooster had been taken into custody. At least two people have been similarly slashed during cockfights since 2010. Cockfighting was banned in India in 1960 but remains popular in the country’s southern states. The fights often involve a lot of betting and are given tacit approval by local politicians. They are usually tied to Hindu festivals, as well.

Victim who died from stabbing after Brooklyn gambling den robbery was good Samaritan trying to break up fight 

A frenzied brawl sparked by a gambling den robbery in Brooklyn left a man dead after he selflessly tried to stop the fight, his family said Sunday. Yong Zheng, 46, was returning from dinner with friends around 9:30 p.m.Friday when he stumbled upon two groups of men battling near Seventh Ave. and 57th St., police said. “As we were walking home, we heard [the victims] yelling, ‘Robbery, robbery!’” said Xiu Lin, 34, a close family friend of Zheng. “Without thinking, he went up to help and that cost him his life.” Zheng rushed into the fray and tried to defuse the fight that had spilled onto the sidewalk after a pack of crooks robbed an illegal gambling den on 58th St. police said. “From his point of view, he saw something happening, he saw a crime, and he just went to help,” said Lin. “It’s a tragic loss.” Video obtained by the Daily News shows Zheng dashing across the street to intervene and then stumbling back, draining blood across the sidewalk and being supported by a woman before collapsing. He was stabbed four times in the chest.

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