A Brief Look at Crime 05/24 – 06/06

UMKC Student Charged in March Shooting Death of Man (MO) 

A grand jury has indicted a University of Missouri City student on second-degree murder and armed criminal action counts in the March shooting death of another man over what police called a gambling feud. Zyan Teague, 21, is charged in the March 20 death of 31-year-old Byren Dennie, of Kansas City, the Kansas City Star reported. Officers found Dennie lying in the grass in an empty lot in the Ivanhoe Southwest neighborhood with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Witnesses told police that Teague was among a group of people invited to Dennie’s home after leaving a Kansas City night club, investigators said. The group had been gambling when an argument began that led to a fight outside the home, police said.

Four New York casinos owe $17.7M to the state’s Gaming Commission

The New York State Comptroller’s Office said four casinos still owe the Gaming Commission $13 million in past oversight fees, more than a year after its initial report. The Comptroller’s Office released a report in January 2020 indicating the Gaming Commission had failed to bill and/or collect the fees from four commercial casinos: Rivers Casino & Resort, Lago Resort & Casino, Resorts World, and Tioga Downs Casino. The fees were incurred between April 2017 and March 2019, /News10 /reports. The casinos were billed $9.3 million for the oversight fees in November 2019 and given until December 2019 to make payment. As of May, the Gaming Commission has yet to see any of the billed fees, according to the Comptroller’s report.

2 killed in shooting at casino in San Luis R.C. (Mexico)

Police said two people are dead after armed suspects killed them outside a casino in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora. According to Tribuna de San Luis, in a video circulating on Facebook, people are seen hiding under tables screaming after the suspects begin shooting at a casino located in Plaza La Herradura. Sources say the shooting happened around 3 p.m. on Monday. In the video, the man says, “They’re shooting,” as you can can hear children and adults screaming in the background. Police say the suspects fled the scene. Mexican officials continue to investigate.

Online gambling: ‘I stole £70,000 to feed my addiction’

“I was about 18 or 19 when I got hooked,” says Danielle. “It started off with a £20 bet online where I won £1,000 and then it got bad really quickly.” Before she knew it, Danielle was using her student loan, overdraft and even phone bill to gamble online. “I was in a bad place and it filled an emptiness in my life. People assume everyone does it to win money or for the excitement, but it stopped me feeling lonely and anxious.” Statistics published by the gambling charity GamCare show that of the 38,404 calls received to its helpline between 2019-2020, six out of ten were from people aged 35 or under. This age group also makes up more than half of those getting treatment, according to The National Gambling Treatment service.

Danielle’s 24 now and says the turning point came last year. “I’d started stealing money from work and the total was almost £70,000 by the time they confronted me about it. “It actually felt like a massive weight off my shoulders to admit it and accept that I needed help.” Danielle lost her job and her case went to court earlier this year. She admitted theft and false accounting and was given a suspended jail sentence and 175 hours of community service. She says she’s been lucky to receive counselling and support from her family since, but thinks more targeted help should be available for young people struggling with a gambling addiction. “There needs to be more education in schools about gambling and money management,” says Danielle. “It’s such a huge problem for people growing up.

Rochester accountant, church treasurer charged with theft of more than $400,000 from church

A Rochester accountant and church treasurer is charged with 12 felonies after she reportedly admitted to church leadership that she had stolen money to fund her gambling addiction. The admission from 62-year-old Patricia Ann Radich came as the church was preparing to do a financial review in May 2020, according to court records. A criminal complaint charging Radich with eight counts of theft by swindle and four counts of theft was filed in Olmsted County District Court on April 12, 2021.

Rochester police were called by Trinity Lutheran Church on May 19, 2020, regarding the theft after Radich admitted to embezzling from the church and provided a spreadsheet of the money she took totaling $183,189.03, according to the criminal complaint. The spreadsheet showed Radich allegedly stole the money between 2016 and 2019 and was done as a result of her gambling addiction. A later audit of the church’s accounting records found checks totaling $422,925.90 that were made out to Radich going back to 2013. The checks appeared to start in 2013 and increased over the years, ending in 2019. A review of Radich’s bank statements revealed that a large amount of the funds that were withdrawn were done so at casinos.

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