A Brief Look at Crime 01/30 – 02/06

Former Westlake Bank Teller Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling from Employer

U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that Arin Kumhall, 38, of North Olmsted, Ohio, was sentenced on January 6, 2022, by Judge James S. Gwin to five months in prison, to be followed by five months of home confinement, after Kumhall pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $73,000 from her employer. According to court documents, Kumhall was employed as a bank teller at a Citizens Bank in Westlake, Ohio.   In addition to traditional teller responsibilities, Kumhall was responsible for ordering, receiving and inputting cash into the bank’s internal reporting system for the branch The FBI obtained and reviewed Kumhall’s personal bank account information and observed an increase in cash deposits and online gambling activity from September 2020 through December 2020.

Man arrested for leaving explosive device at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, authorities say

Rogers County deputies arrested a man Tuesday after they say he brought an explosive device in a bag onto the property of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Zachary Schmidt told investigators that he knew the device was in the bag he got out of a dumpster near 41st and 129th East Avenue. Schmidt said he got a ride to the casino from some people. He told detectives that he had gotten into an argument with them and they left him at the casino. He said the people who gave him a ride put the bag under some stairs at the casino. Detectives interviewed the people who gave Schmidt a ride and they said the bag belonged to Schmidt. Schmidt told deputies he thought the device was a firework or firecracker.

Oakland Police Shut Down Illegal Gambling Den, Seize Guns and Drugs

Police in Oakland shut down another illegal gambling operation after executing a search warrant Wednesday, seizing firearms including multiple assault rifles and pounds of methamphetamine and pot.Officers seized 10 guns, including four assault rifles with extended magazines, 5.5 pounds of what is suspected to be crystal methamphetamine and 15.5 pounds of marijuana, according to police. The methamphetamine has a street value of $70,000, police said. Officers also seized 12 alleged illegal gambling machines and more than $7,000 in cash. Police said they shut down two other illegal gambling operations in July and October of last year.

Man dies after confrontation with security guard at Seven Mile Casino 

Police are investigating an incident at a Chula Vista casino that led to a man’s death Monday evening. At around 8:45 p.m., Chula Vista Police officers were called to Seven Mile Casino (285 Bay Blvd.) in response to a physical confrontation between a man and a casino security guard. According to police, the altercation at the casino’s main entrance resulted in the man being injured. The injured man, who was believed to be a transient, was rushed to UC San Diego Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. CVPD homicide detectives are looking into the events that led to the confrontation.

Heartless fraudster who plundered £90k from Lanarkshire family business behind bars

A devastated family say they are “hanging on by the skin of our teeth” after a trusted employee stole £90,000 from the business they’d built up over many years of hard work. Crooked bookkeeper Andrea Cochrane, who worked as a company secretary at East Kilbride-based. A Steel & Son Contracts Ltd for more than 30 years, has been sentenced to 28 months in jail. The callous former employee previously admitted scamming thousands from the family business to fund a £700 a day gambling addiction – despite being treated as a friend of the Steel family, and invited to weddings and birthday parties. Cochrane, from Bellshill, was back in Hamilton Sheriff Court this week for sentencing after it was postponed from a hearing last month.

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