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UPDATE: Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Joins Legal Battle to Prevent Dangerously Deceptive Decoupling Greyhound Bill from Appearing on the Florida Ballot

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the recent attempts to completely remove the gambling associated with greyhound racing from Florida. This was not something that passed in the legislature this year, so the idea was to propose the idea through the constitutional amendment committee. It started a as a full removal, but it didn’t have the votes to pass as is, so it quickly morphed into a very dangerous and quite frankly deceptive decoupling bill. If you remove the greyhound racing, but allow slot machines and other types of gambling, all that you have done is created a network of mini-casinos.

Many don’t like the idea of the dog races, so they wouldn’t ordinarily stop at those places to gamble, but if no races exist, then its simply a convenient place to stop and gamble, and that can lead to all kinds of negative effects for Florida families. Many see this new amendment as simply eliminating the greyhound racing and gambling all together, so it’s a very deceptive bill. Beyond those reasons, there is also the problems with using the Florida constitution to be the legal space to enact such a change, especially when such a change should be done through normal legislation. The desire to solve this problem the proper way, has generated a lawsuit, and now some major support and legitimacy to the position has been established with a new addition to the legal team. Florida Politics explains:

Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding has joined the Florida Greyhound Association (FGA) legal team. The addition of Harding, a high court appointee of the late Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles, was announced Wednesday by association general counsel Jeff Kottkamp. Harding served on the Florida Supreme Court 1991-2002; Kottkamp was Florida’s lieutenant governor from 2007-11 under Gov. Charlie Crist.

“The suit requests that the court strike Amendment 13 from the general election ballot,” Harding said in a statement. “The basis for our challenge is that the ballot title and summary do not fairly inform the voters of what they are being asked to vote on … In order to maintain the integrity of both the election process and our Constitution, we believe the amendment should be struck.”

Among other claims, the suit says the ballot title and summary “… fail to inform voters that its passage would essentially expand gambling by allowing pari-mutuel facilities in Florida to convert to mini-casinos.” The amendment would allow other gambling activities such as card games to continue at tracks after dog racing ends.

Kottkamp and Paul Hawkes, a former appellate judge and now also on the FGA legal team, have previously opined against the measure, saying the CRC “was never intended to be a ‘super-Legislature’ or a vehicle to propose putting issues in the constitution that ‘can’t get through the Legislature.’

“And, it was certainly never intended they would place proposals on the ballot merely because they were thought to be a ‘good idea,’ ” they said.

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New Jersey Finally Legalizes Sports Betting just in time for World Cup – The Largest Gambling Event of the Year

Casino Watch Focus has reported on New Jersey’s ongoing efforts to legalize sports betting. After 4 years, they have finally passed successful legislation given the Supreme Court’s decision allow what might go down as the largest expansion of gambling in our history. Ironically, New Jersey wasn’t the first state to legalize sports betting, but now that they have, they have their sites on the World Cup. An online source explains:

New Jersey became the third state in the country with a full menu of legal sports betting options on Thursday, as the Monmouth Park Racetrack and the Borgata casino both started taking wagers before noon. Monmouth Park had the honor of taking the first bet at 10:30 am, with the Borgata officially opening their sportsbook a half-hour later. In was [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy who had the honor of placing the first legal sports bet in state history. He actually made two, each for $20: one on Germany to win the World Cup and a longshot bid on the New Jersey Devils to win the Stanley Cup next season.

It’s estimated to be a massive, worldwide betting event and possibly the single largest betting even of the year.

It is not an exaggeration to say that billions of people around the globe will tune in to watch the drama unfold in Russia over the next month. The World Cup is also the biggest gambling event of the year. Billions will be wagered, both legally and illegally. Since the Supreme Court struck down the law restricting sports betting in the U.S. on May 14, 2018, states are lining up to legalize the practice and cash in on extra tax revenue.

Any time gambling events this big come up, the worry for problem gambling and gambling addiction comes up. Below is some information that explains why and how you might help someone with gambling addiction:

Dr Gary Johnson, Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director at The Priory Hospital Chelmsford, considers major sporting events a particularly risky time for gamblers:

“The upcoming summer sports events and in particular, the World Cup, will see increased gambling across the board”, he points out. “Much of that will be temporary but for gamblers with a problem, that upturn in gambling may well continue”. Dr Jackson highlights that all aspects of gambling need to be considered in trying to reduce the risk of people becoming addicted.  “From the accessibility of gambling sites to shop advertisements, to awareness campaigns about the risks involved and the availability of resources for those with a problem (or worried they may be developing one) awareness and proactive action is key.”

If you are concerned, Dr Jackson offers this advice to help those with a gambling problem: “Help them by encouraging them to consider the downsides to their addiction”. And to the sufferer themselves, he advises: “Be open about bank accounts, consider handing over credit and debit cards to a trusted family member, manage finances with a family member and consider attending Gamblers Anonymous or seeking other addictions specialist help.”

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UPDATE: Florida Greyhound Amendment Revealed to be a Decoupling Effort that could Expand Gambling and Create Mini-Casinos – Will Appear on Nov Ballot

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the suggested Constitutional Amendment that was sold as an amendment to ban greyhound racing. The unknown element was whether or not the actual language would ban the industry all together, thereby shutting down each track, or if the gambling that’s allowed currently would remain, thereby decoupling the dog racing from the ability to offer simulcasting or free standing slot machine parlors. The Committee has formulated the language and pushed the issue out as a constitutional amendment that will be up for vote by the people in Nov. An online source explains: 

After repeated and heavily lobbied legislative debates in recent years about the future of the greyhound industry, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Monday voted 27-10 to put the proposed ban on the November ballot.

The measure would allow people to continue to bet at pari-mutuel facilities on greyhound races simulcast from other states.

State Sen. Tom Lee, a Thonotosassa Republican who sponsored the proposal, said allowing betting on races from elsewhere was needed for the measure to advance. 

It appears that early efforts might have been to ban the industry out right, but as Sen. Lee stated, the amendment wouldn’t pass the committee unless it was a decoupling effort. However, this would be far worse than legislation that decouples, as this would be part of the Florida constitution, making any changes to the policy so much harder. In a joint guest article to Florida Politics, Jeff Kottkamp and Paul Hawks outline why this issue shouldn’t be in a constitutional amendment:

Most individuals would agree that the purpose of a constitution is to establish the basic structure of government and the fundamental rights of citizens. The CRC’s greyhound racing proposal is a classic example of a proposal that fails to rise to the level of a constitutional matter. Former Chief Judge of the Florida Supreme Court *Major Harding* is one of many legal scholars who shares the view that the greyhound amendment should not be in the Constitution.

In a column Justice Harding recently wrote, he identified the proposed greyhound amendment as one of three CRC proposals that do not belong in the Constitution noting that Florida’s Constitution is already three times longer than the U.S. Constitution and is “riddled with countless, ordinary laws and specifics of government policy and regulation, such as confinement of pregnant pigs, that lessen its status.” The Editorial Board of the Tallahassee Democrat/USA TODAY NETWORK shares his view and correctly stated in an editorial that the greyhound proposal “ … can be done by statute and doesn’t need to be in the Constitution.”

But beyond the economic impact, the gross misrepresentations from the advocates, the unfairness in preserving monopolies while creating — in essence — mini-casinos, there is a much more important reason that the greyhound proposal should not be advanced by the CRC — it simply does not belong in the Constitution. 

It is expected that the greyhound industry will take legal action to prevent the amendment from reaching the ballot, but there is a good chance it will make the ballot. To that end, a reasonable position to take might be to vote against that amendment and vote for Amendment 3 that gives Florida votes the final say in gambling expansion. Then the issue can be dealt with in the legislature and the people can support or reject the final decision by statewide vote. 

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The 4 Major Players Sports Association and the PGA join the MLB and NBA Regarding Having Their Cut of the Potential Sports Betting Action

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing Supreme Court case and the history leading up to the potential legalization of sports betting. New Jersey has taken years of attempts to legalize sports betting in their state to the Highest Court and a ruling is expected soon. With the prevailing thought being the Supreme Court will legalize sports betting outside of Las Vegas, many are looking forward to the landscape, and positioning themselves to benefit from the gambling expansion that would follow. Recently, Major League Baseball and the National Baseball Association started suggesting legislation to various states that would provide them with a cut of the gambling action, or in their words, and integrity fee. Now it would appear the PGA has decided to make their position known, and they are supporting an integrity fee as well. An online source explains:

With Illinois the latest state to consider legalizing sports betting, the PGA Tour took the opportunity to voice its support for initiatives backed by the NBA and Major League Baseball.

The revelation of professional golf’s stance on the issue of gambling was disclosed at a hearing of the Illinois Senate Gaming Committee on Tuesday. It was the first time that the tour voiced a definitive opinion on the subject.

So chalk up another professional ruling body’s support for the controversial integrity fee. The NBA and MLB have spent considerable sums trying to persuade several state’s legislators in attempting to get what amounts to a royalty from any potential sports betting a state may implement. The two leagues have a reported 30-registered lobbyists working the halls of 16 state congresses.

It wasn’t just the PGA that voiced their support for a seat at this potential gambling table. In a joint statement released by the MLB Players associationit would appear all four major players groups wants to be a part of ensuring this so called “integrity”:

“Given the pending Supreme Court decision regarding the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA), representatives of the MLBPA, NBPA, NFLPA and NHLPA have been working together on the legal, commercial, practical, and human consequences of allowing sports betting to become mainstream. The time has come to address not just who profits from sports gambling, but also the costs. Our unions have been discussing the potential impact of legalized gambling on players’ privacy and publicity rights, the integrity of our games and the volatility on our businesses. Betting on sports may become widely legal, but we cannot allow those who have lobbied the hardest for sports gambling to be the only ones controlling how it would be ushered into our businesses. The athletes must also have a seat at the table to ensure that players’ rights and the integrity of our games are protected.”

As far as the likelihood of the Supreme Court legalizing sports betting by declaring the PAPSA unconstitutional, the mood has slightly shifted. Initially the prevailing thought was that the Court took up the case and then asked the questions they did during oral arguments because they planned to reverse the lower court. This could still be the case, but given the delay in the actual ruling, some are now worried the Court may now uphold the constitutionality of the PAPSA. An online source reports:

It’s been four months since the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard arguments regarding the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, the current federal law that prohibits sports betting in all but four American states.

During the December 4 hearing, many in the courtroom felt a majority of the justices were on New Jersey’s side in the state arguing that PASPA violates the Constitution and anti-commandeering interpretations of the Tenth Amendment. But with an opinion still not issued, there’s a growing concern among repeal proponents that the court might not produce a favorable decision.

Many believed March 5 would be the day SCOTUS unveiled its PASPA opinion. In February, online sportsbook BetDSI was taking wagers on the release date and had March 5 the favorite at even money. It was followed by April 2 (+150), April 30 (+300), May 14 (+750), May 21 (+1000), and May 29 (+2500). The sportsbook has since removed the market, as handicapping the line is nearly impossible as SCOTUS provides no information as to when opinions will be released.* The next most probable release date is April 30, as the Supreme Court tends to publish opinions on Mondays when the court is in session, but not hearing arguments.

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A Brief Look at Crime 09/18 – 09/24

Dramatic moment armed cops stormed Las Vegas casino in hunt for ‘active shooter’ after Mayweather v McGregor fight 

Dozens of cops stormed the Cromwell Hotel as panic spread among thousands of fans who descended on Sin City for the blockbuster contest. A video shot by super-middleweight star Eubank Jr shows officers drawing their weapons and shouting “hold that door” as they charge towards the venue in what was treated as an “active shooter” scenario. Footage shows hundreds of people cowering on the floor inside the Cromwell Hotel before cops and security order everyone to evacuate the building. DailyMail.com reported that it is believed a brawl had broken out near the casino entrance which led to heavy ornamental statues being knocked over – causing the loud noises which sparked the panic. Cops later confirmed no active shooter was on the loose.

Woman receives life sentence for husband’s murder

A 49-year-old Sand Lake area woman convicted of first-degree murder in the death of her husband will spend the rest of her life in prison. Duram was convicted of first-degree murder and a felony firearm charge in the shooting death of her husband, 46-year-old Martin Duram. The man was shot five times in May 2015 at the couple’s Ensley Township home, police said. Officers arrived at the home to find Martin Duram dead and Glenna Duram with a bullet wound in her head. She was transported to a hospital for treatment, and survived. The scene was initially reported to be a suicide. Police suggested financial issues may have led to a fight between the Durams. Their probe into the incident looked at the couple’s gambling habits and the fact that their home was in foreclosure.

Hermosa Beach Ironman champ gets probation for role in gambling, narcotics ring

Five-time winner of the Hermosa Beach Ironman competition, Jeff Bellandi, was sentenced last week to three years probation including eight months of house arrest for his role in a criminal gambling and money laundering ring. Bellandi, also a co-owner of Waterman’s on Pier Plaza, reportedly served as a bookmaker for Owen “O-dog” Hanson, a Redondo Union High School graduate and former USC football player, who faces a minimum of 20 years in prison. Bellandi pled guilty in January to operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering, though none of the charges traced back to the popular Hermosa Beach bar. According to federal prosecutors with the Southern District of California, Bellandi set up a shell corporation and laundered roughly $4.1 million in cash for Hanson that was obtained through illegal gambling proceeds and narcotic sales.

West Salem woman pleads guilty to embezzling over $800,000 from Onalaska church

A West Salem woman has pleaded guilty to financial and tax crimes in a scheme to defraud an Onalaska church of $832,210. Snyder served as the secretary and accounting clerk for the church, and the embezzlement she’s accused of took place between 2006 and 2015. Snyder took a portion of the church’s funds during that time and used them for gambling, according to Acting U.S Attorney Anderson. To avoid detection, Snyder discarded records of church collections, created false entries in accounting records and lied to church auditors, Anderson said. Snyder filed a false Individual Income Tax Return for 2015, where she underreported her gross income, Anderson said.

Man killed in shooting at Hon-Dah Casino

A man was killed around 10 a.m. Monday during an apparent failed armored car robbery attempt the Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center. The incident was a second violent incident in more than a month at the White Mountain Apache Tribe-owned resort and casino. The FBI’s Phoenix office, along with Bureau of Indian Affairs officials, said a cash courier making a stop at the Hon-Dah Resort Casino was approached by a man who sprayed her with an unidentified chemical irritant. The courier then reportedly pulled her pistol and shot the man on the spot at the front door of the casino, where he fell and died a short time later. No one else was injured in the shooting and no one else is suspected in the robbery attempt, Phoenix FBI representative Jill McCabe said. “The cash carrier was treated on scene and is expected to be OK,” she said. The FBI has not yet released the name of the deceased man, but plans to do so pending notification of his family.

Online gambling firm 888 hit with record £7.8m penalty

Online gambling firm 888 is to pay a record penalty of £7.8m after it failed to protect vulnerable customers. The Gambling Commission said there were “significant flaws” in the firm’s social responsibility processes. The regulator highlighted a technical failure which meant 7,000 customers who had chosen to bar themselves from their 888 accounts were still able to gamble. Another customer bet more than £1.3m over 13 months before he was identified as having a problem. Sarah Harrison, chief executive at the Gambling Commission, said the penalty would ensure that “lessons are learnt”. Part of the penalty package will be used to repay £3.5m in deposits made by the customers who had self-excluded themselves when they wanted to stop gambling.

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A Brief Look at Crime 07/03 – 07/09

Minnesota Man Gets 12.5 Years In Prison For Slaying Over Bar Poker Game

A bar poker game gone horribly wrong has resulted in a prison sentence of 12.5 years for one Minnesota man. According to a report from ABC Newspaper, 45-year-old Chad Nelson was sentenced Thursday over the July 2015 shooting that stemmed from a cheating accusation in the free poker tournament. The altercation continued in the parking lot outside Willy’s Bar in Coon Rapids, and when it was over a man by the name of Rayontra McCall was dead. He was 29. Nelson, who was alone that evening, claimed self-defense against McCall and his friends. Nelson said he had stopped by the bar to play some poker after refereeing a youth soccer game. However, the night started to head south when one of McCall’s friends accused Nelson of “cheating him out of two poker chips,” the report said. Nelson said that McCall punched him in the face through the window of his vehicle when Nelson was trying to leave. A witness confirmed that McCall had struck Nelson. This is when Nelson fired two shots outside his car. The victim later died at the hospital.

Absolute Poker Founder Pleads Guilty To Online Gambling Crime

Back in February, the co-founder of Absolute Poker finally returned to the United States to face the years-old charges against him. He will be sentenced in September in New York after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge late last month. Scott Tom, who had been living overseas, will be sentenced Sept. 28, according to a court document. He admitted to “the interstate transmission of gambling information.” He had also been accused of money laundering. “Tom helped Absolute Poker, an unlawful internet gambling business, continue to operate in the United States and accept payments from United States customers without detection by United States law enforcement,” the government said in a court document. Tom will have to forfeit any ill-gotten gains. According to the government, Absolute Poker made some $500 million from Americans during its run. About $60 million worth of player money was lost when the site shut down.

China-linked gang laundered “millions” through BC casinos

Canadian casinos are not having the greatest week, dealing with allegations of money laundering and the unauthorized public release of private customer data. On Tuesday, British Columbia authorities announced the arrest of nine suspects in a widespread criminal enterprise that allegedly laundered millions of dollars through local casinos. Police have yet to indicate which casinos are involved but did say that none of the arrested suspects are casino employees. The criminal gang, which reportedly has links to mainland China and other countries, stands accused of everything from money laundering to extortion to loan sharking to operating its own illegal gambling operations. The arrests followed a lengthy investigation that began in May 2016.

Former casino VP to serve 32 months in jail

Former Mohegan Sun Pocono casino Vice President Robert Pellegrini will spend 32 months in prison for his admitted role in a money-laundering scam that cost the casino more than $420,000. Senior U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo imposed the sentence Friday at the Max Rosenn Federal Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre for conspiracy to commit money laundering. Pellegrini used his executive casino access to make copies of player cards belonging to high-end customers and put free play on the cards, which gambler Mark Heltzel used to play slot machines. A beverage server at the casino, Rochelle Poszeluznyj, collected the card information as she served drinks. At Friday’s sentencing hearing, Ruzzo noted that Pellegrini is an addicted gambler and his working in a casino was equivalent to an alcoholic tending bar, “working in an industry that supports his addiction.” Pellegrini, of Fairview Twp., told Caputo that he attends weekly meetings of Gamblers Anonymous.

Ex bank rep embezzles $1M, gets 3 years in prison

A former rep with First Tennessee Bank is serving a three-year sentence in federal prison for embezzling more than $1 million from bank customers and filing incorrect income tax returns. Kenneth Lynn Miller, a manager of investments and other bank products who many in the community considered a “go-to guy,” defrauded numerous customers to satisfy a gambling addiction that started when he was in college, according to documents filed in federal court in Tennessee. Miller swindled customers by accessing and transferring funds out of their CDs and other accounts over a four-year period beginning in 2012. He pleaded guilty to one count of theft and four counts of tax evasion last year. He targeted his victims, choosing customers who did not review their monthly account statements or whose accounts were inactive, according to court filings. “The defendant’s conduct was methodical, deliberate and persistent,” prosecutors argued in their sentencing memorandum.

Landscaping business doubled as huge cockfighting operation

An unassuming upstate landscaping business was secretly home to a massive cockfighting operation where organizers attached razor blades to the chickens’ legs and staged elaborate showdowns for sickos from around the state, according to a new report. The fowl outfit — which cops raided Saturday — blasted music and sold home-made concessions for gamblers to gobble as they bet on the birds slicing each other to pieces, the Syracuse Post Standard reports. Cops busted 41 people and seized hundreds of roosters, $68,000, seven handguns and three ounces of heroin during the raid in the Herkimer County town of Frankfurt, the culmination of a six-month investigation the state Attorney General’s Office dubbed “Operation Bloodsport,” the paper reports. Samson was one of those arrested, but another man Radhamez “Cesar” Perez, 37, is accused of organizing the sadistic shows and inviting people from all over New York Satet to attend. It was a family operation, authorities claim — his girlfriend sold tickets while his mom cooked the food they sold.

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A Brief Look at Crime 01/30-02/05

FBI affidavit alleges NC businessman who committed suicide was operating Ponzi scheme 

In an affidavit unsealed by court order Friday, an FBI agent alleged that the late Charlotte businessman Rick Siskey was operating a Ponzi scheme in which investor money was largely used to pay off other investors and to fund personal spending, including payments to casinos. The affidavit said a financial analysis showed that from January 2011 to November 2015 about $31 million was invested in TSI’s account at Bank of America. About $23.5 million came from about 100 TSI investors, according to the affidavit. According to the affidavit, Siskey sent over $15 million from his personal account to casinos, with about $12 million coming back in from casinos, for a net outflow of about $3 million. Information from numerous casinos showed “a pattern of extensive high stakes gambling by Siskey, to include bets of as much as $70,000 per hand,” the affidavit says.

Alanis Morissette manager admits to $4.8M theft from singer

The former business manager for Alanis Morissette admitted embezzling more than $7 million from the singer and other celebrities and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday. Schwartz admitted stealing nearly $5 million from Morissette between May 2010 and January 2014. He used the money personally and falsely listed the cash withdrawals as “sundry/personal expenses” to cover up the crime.”This was shocking and disappointing,” Reeder said. “The company is very happy he’s being brought to justice and held accountable for his actions.” Reeder said GSO has since repaid all the money he stole from clients. The firm’s pending lawsuit against Schwartz said he used the money to fuel a lavish lifestyle that included a $50,000 trip to Bora Bora and a $75,000 debt at a Bahamas casino.

Dog fighting ring busted in Washington County

Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer says his deputies arrested more than twenty people in a major dog fight raid Saturday night. Authorities say they have been investigating this crime for several months, but a tipster told them that the fight would be happening last night. The dog fighting took place in a clearing behind an abandoned home on Highway 45, about a mile east of the Mississippi State Line. The dog fighting pit was surrounded by trees and very organized, according to police. Investigators say there were people from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas at the fight. The sheriff says this was a huge money maker because they were “championship fighting dogs” in a crime that includes the possible death or injury to the animal and illegal gambling where thousands of dollars are bet on the outcome of the vicious fight.

Father and son found dead in Macau’s Galaxy casino complex

Detectives are investigating what appears to have been a suicide pact involving an Indian family of four after the bodies of a father and son were discovered alongside the man’s wife and another son, both unconscious, in a five-star hotel room at a Macau casino resort on Wednesday. The tragedy comes as figures for 2016 released by Macau police revealed a 19.2 per cent year-on-year rise in casino-related crime in the city. Among a total of 1,851 casino-related crimes recorded in 2016 were cases of abduction, extortion and usury, which are typically connected to gambling-related loan sharking. The authorities classify crimes as gaming-related when they take place inside a casino.

Documents show Ohio mayor gambled $1.8 million 

 

Investigative records show Lancaster Mayor Brian Kuhn not only gambled with his wife, who is a self-proclaimed addict who embezzled thousands of dollars to feed her habit, but he also gambled and lost more than she did. Kuhn has never identified himself as an addict despite visiting Hollywood Casino, Columbus 252 times from October 2012 to September 2015, records show. During this time, he gambled more than $1.8 million, they show. In contrast, Bridget Kuhn, who has admitted she has a gambling addiction and been classified as a “high roller” by the Ohio Casino Control Commission, went to casinos 264 times over 36 months, the records show, including while she was under investigation, and spent more than $1.5 million — most of it on slot machines. Brian Kuhn and his wife — who was indicted for embezzling about $350,000 from her former employer Frazier Electric and American Legion Post 11 — lost a total of about $214,200 playing slot machines and table games in 36 months, according to the records. Brian Kuhn told the Eagle-Gazette more than a year ago after his wife’s indictment that there were a lot of things he would like to say, but couldn’t per the advice of his attorney. He knew his wife was under investigation but said he didn’t know any more than that. “The less I knew, the better off I think I was,” he told the Eagle-Gazette in December 2015. At the time, he would not confirm whether Bridget Kuhn had a gambling problem or whether they gambled together.

Police checking links to gambling in Waterloo man’s slaying

Police are checking into whether gambling may be tied to the shooting death of a man in Waterloo. The 55-year-old man was found wounded in a parking lot early Sunday morning. Police say he died later at a hospital. He’s been identified as Denelius Nesby, who lived in Waterloo. No arrests have been reported. Police say one of the leads being pursued is a report that Nesby had been robbed of his winnings from a nearby gambling establishment.

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