A two-month operation targeting illegal gambling in Lake County ended with search warrants being served at 10 illegal gambling establishments across the county, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The sting, dubbed Operation Jackpot, was initiated after authorities received tips and Crimeline calls about illegal gambling at the businesses, authorities said. Authorities seized more than $200,000 during the operation and made four arrests — three for illegal gambling and one for drugs and weapons charges, deputies said. Luis Hernandez, 50; Samir Aguiar , 38; and Brenda Martinez, 42 were charged with keeping an establishment for gambling.
A jury Monday found a 41-year-old man guilty of five counts of murder in the 2012 killings of a family found beaten to death with a hammer inside their San Francisco home. The jury returned the verdict against Binh Thai Luc on Monday after six days of deliberations. Luc was also found guilty of five counts of attempted robbery and two counts of burglary. Luc, who was said to be deeply in debt and had already been served an eviction notice, was accused of killing the family in the midst of a robbery after losing money at a casino that night. Prosecutors said the Lei family kept thousands of dollars in cash in the home, and Luc had more than $6,500 with him when he was arrested. While no eyewitnesses placed Luc at the scene of the crime, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that blood from one of the victims was spattered on his jeans.
Over 300,000 children and young people are gambling every week through online games, a new survey has revealed. Technology is providing children with the opportunity to experience gambling through free-to-play casino games, social media or within some computer games. Just over 1 in 10 young people claimed to have participated in gambling style social games which are free to play, with the majority of people saying that they accessed these games through smartphones or tablets. The report published by the Gambling Commission stated that these online resources do not have the same level of protections or responsible gambling messages as regulated gambling products. The report pointed to gaming as a gateway into gambling citing “skin betting” websites which allow players to gamble with virtual items. “Skins” are unique virtual design of a weapon used in video games. Depending on how rare these “skins” are they can be used as virtual currency. Some third party sites enable players to gamble their skins on casino or slot type games. These “skins” can then be cashed out as real money. It is estimated in the UK that half of the population plays video games.
Three men have been charged in the shooting death of a man inside a hotel elevator in Detroit. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says Monday that 28-year-old Rodney Pritchett, 30-year-old Shawn Wilson and 31-year-old Carlile Jackson have been arraigned. Shunsaiah Glaze was shot Dec. 2 in the Greektown Casino Hotel following a fight inside one of the rooms. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Pritchett is charged with first-degree premeditated murder. His probable cause conference is Thursday, followed by a Dec. 21 preliminary examination. Wilson and Jackson are charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. Each faces probable cause conferences on Thursday, followed by Dec. 21 preliminary examinations.
Police are investigating the slaying of a man found shot at an Alabama apartment complex. Birmingham police say officers were called Sunday evening to the HighPointe Apartments complex. The victim was found shot in one of the apartments. Al.com reports that police say their preliminary investigation shows the slaying may have results from an argument over a gambling debt or a dice game. Police have not released the name of the victim. A woman’s decomposing body was found in October in a wooded area at the same apartment complex. The woman was identified as 34-year-old Ieasha Shakinna Abrams, but the cause of her death has not been determined.
Pennsylvania gaming regulators Wednesday approved $1 million in fines against Downs Racing LP, operator of Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which met in Harrisburg, Pa., approved consent agreements reached between the board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and Downs Racing following a lengthy investigation of financial procedures at the Pocono casino over a period of several years. Fines of $550,000 and $450,000 were levied. The gaming board announced that the $550,000 fine against Downs Racing involved three areas in which Mohegan Sun Pocono employees failed to follow “approved internal controls” — the issuance of free slot-machine play; the casino’s main bank cashier functions; and internal audits. The second fine of $450,000 stemmed from Mohegan Sun Pocono’s vendor relationship with two firms, ReferLocal LLC and CB POC LLC, neither of which had licensed its company or its employees with the gaming board, as required by law. ReferLocal was one of the businesses in which Soper had an interest he failed to properly disclose.
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