Daily Archives: September 6, 2021

A Brief Look at Crime 8/23 – 9/05

A Bookie, Miami Heat Championship Ring, Gold Bars And The Feds

Clarence “Gary” Austin, a Miami, Florida sports bettor and bookie of offshore wagering Tradewinds, has 99 problems and the federal government is definitely one of them. Earlier this month, documents filed by the United States of America with a district court in Texas reveal the feds seized millions of dollars worth of currency and property from Austin’s Plantation, Florida, home. The seizure came just a few months after the feds filed a complaint with the court claiming Austin is involved in four federal crimes: transmission of wagering information, running an illegal gambling business, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit these offenses. In short, the federal government is claiming Austin was involved in a ton of shady dealings. As such, they raided his home and seized a laundry list of rich-guy possessions including a Miami Heat championship ring.

Sharks’ Kane accused of Game-Fixing From Wife 

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane denied allegations his wife made on social media that he bet on NHL games, including against his own team. Kane responded Sunday morning to allegations made the previous day from the Instagram account of his wife, Anna. The NHL said Saturday night that it was made aware of the social media posts from Anna Kane and plans to conduct a full investigation. Anna Kane wrote: “How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he’s obviously throwing games to win money? Hmm maybe someone needs to address this.”

She added: “Can someone ask (Commissioner) Gary Bettman how they let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?” In a separate post, Anna Kane accused her husband of spending lavishly partying in Europe while asking her to sell her wedding ring to survive and wrote about not being able to afford baby formula for their child. Kane’s gambling history and finances have been public knowledge for some time. A Las Vegas Strip casino sued Kane in 2019, alleging he failed to repay a $500,000 gambling debt racked up during a playoff series against the Golden Knights.

Man dies in fight at casino (NV)

A man died after he was knocked out in an early-morning fight Friday at a Laughlin casino. The man, who has not been identified, was knocked unconscious during “a large fight with multiple suspects” on the main casino floor at the Aquarius Casino Resort, said Officer Misael Parra of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s office of public information.

Parra said Metro received a call to respond to the casino for a fight in progress at about 1:20 a.m. Friday. When officers from Metro’s Laughlin substation arrived, they found the man unresponsive on the floor. The man was taken by ambulance from the property on Laughlin’s Casino Drive to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Parra said the initial report did not indicate how many “multiple” participants were. Police later said the man was in a group of people that apparently got into an argument with another group. The argument escalated into a physical fight involving the victim and at least two other men. The two other men were gone by the time police arrived.

Woman sentenced in fatal shooting at south Wichita gambling operation 

A 47-year-old Haysville woman who fatally shot an erstwhile boyfriend in 2019 at the illegal gambling space she operated in south Wichita was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 10 years in prison, officials said. Stacey Jeanie Peters pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder and commercial gambling in the case that involved the death of 41-year-old Robert Duvaul, who was found dead inside a building in the 3000 block of South Hillside.

When officers arrived at the building, she told them that she had been arguing with Duvaul, who had a gun, that he was threatening to damage her property and that he was threatening to kill her. She told police she shot him. Surveillance video from the seen showed Duvaul with his hands up before staggering backwards and collapsing, the news release said. Witnesses said Peters was known to carry a pistol on her hip when she worked at the business.

Two women found dead at Palms Casino Resort off Las Vegas Strip in suspected murder-suicide

TWO women were found dead inside a hotel room in Las Vegas in a suspected murder-suicide, according to reports. They were found by employees at the Palms Casino Resort around 3pm on Tuesday. The guests, said to be in their 30s, reportedly hadn’t checked out of the hotel prompting security guards to visit the room, Las Vegas Sun reports. They couldn’t get into the room at first so employees forced down the door and the bodies were found on the bed. Cops believe the women died from gunshot wounds and that they died within 12 hours of being discovered. It’s suspected they may have been “romantically involved” but no further details have been provided, according to the Las Vegas Police Department. Their identities have not been revealed but it’s thought that they were locals to the city. Las Vegas  Metropolitan Police Homicide Lt Ray Spencer said: “We know that at least one of them was alive as early as 5am.” Cops are unsure if they died at the same time. Lt. Spencer said that there were no reports of gunshots from anyone nearby.

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