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8/09/09 to 8/15/09

National Gambling Crimes

$100,000 sports car stolen from casino, burned

NV - Police said today they are looking for an unidentified man who stole a sports car from a major hotel and casino... , then burned it. / By Mary Manning / Aug. 12, 2009

1 dead, 3 injured in overnight shooting in St. Louis

MO - A teenager is dead and three other people are hospitalized... Victims... Had been gambling... / By Associated Press / August 12, 2009

2 Orange County farms raided in dog-fighting probe

IN - Federal and state law enforcement agents raided two Orange County farms Tuesday in an investigation of suspected breeding and training sites for dog-fighting operations. "There should be more" arrests, said Jeff Franklin, a spokesman for the Indiana Gaming Commission's gaming control unit, which investigates illegal gambling. He said the investigation began about two years ago when the commission received a tip about gambling on dog fights. / By Grace Schneider / August 11, 2009

80 dogs seized in Ind. raids linked to fighting

IN - Authorities have seized about 80 pit bulls during raids at two southern Indiana sites suspected of breeding and training dogs for illegal fighting. / The Associated Press / Aug. 12, 2009

BetOnSports figure to go to prison

MO - Top figure accused of violating U.S. law with the BetOnSports online international gambling site, / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / 08/14/2009

BetOnSports founder Gary Kaplan pleads guilty

MO - The founder of the online gambling site pleaded guilty on Friday to federal racketeering conspiracy and other charges, concluding years of investigating and prosecuting a case in the complex world of offshore sports gambling. Agreed in a plea deal to forfeit $43.6 million in illegally obtained revenue from his criminal enterprise. Kaplan founded the offshore company in 1995, To solicit U.S. citizens to place sports wagers by phone and over the Internet directly from their U.S. accounts. Online gaming is illegal in the U.S., / Associated Press / By CHERYL WITTENAUER / Aug. 14, 2009

Church Organization Bookkeeper Sentenced For Theft

MT - 52-year-old Great Falls woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling from a Lutheran church organization was given a three-year deferred sentence... Had problems with gambling and alcohol. / Aug 12, 2009

Colorado District Judge Overturns Poker Gambling Ruling

CO - Every judge in the country has a different take on the game of poker. Difficult for people in the US to ever really know whether playing poker for money is legal or illegal. In his ruling, did acknowledge that there may be some skillful elements to poker, but that there is too much randomness in the cards that could overpower skill. Defendants will not be able to present the "skill" evidence when charged with a poker gambling crime. / / By Tom Jones / August 8, 2009

Con artist admits bilking 447G from turkey farmer

PA - A con man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal district court to bilking a Nebraska turkey farmer of almost $450,000 in connection with a scheme to invest in bogus real-estate projects in Miami Beach and in Biloxi, Miss. Enders used the money he stole to fund a lifestyle as a professional gambler, / Philadelphia Daily News / By MICHAEL HINKELMAN / Aug. 14, 2009

Conn. police: Fighting finches had sharpened beaks

CT - Some saffron finches seized last month in an alleged Connecticut bird-fighting ring had sharpened beaks, and at least one had a sharp metal object attached to its beak, police said Friday. About 15 birds had serious head, neck and chest injuries, Spurs were attached to the birds' beaks, Authorities say they seized $8,000 in alleged betting money. The 19 people, Were charged with cruelty to animals and gambling. / Associated Press / By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN / Aug. 07, 2009

Danville Car Dealer Sentenced For Laundering Money

VA - According to the indictment, England sold cars to people involved in drug trafficking and illegal gambling and disguised the buyers' identity. / Aug 12, 2009

Derry lawyer convicted of illegal gambling

PA - A jury deliberated just over two hours before finding Burns, 65, of Derry guilty of 12 misdemeanor counts of organizing and operating illegal gambling by holding Texas Hold 'Em tournaments in Adamsburg and Seward in 2007. Burns was convicted of organizing games, soliciting customers and permitting gambling... At Adamsburg Fire Hall in Hempfield when undercover troopers attended and played in tournaments. / TRIBUNE-REVIEW / By Paul Peirce / August 14, 2009

Eagles Gamble On Disgraced QB Michael Vick

- Michael Vick is back in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles gave Vick a one-year deal with an option for a second year. The former Falcons star was convicted in August 2007 of conspiracy and running a dogfighting ring [illegal gambling], and served 18 of a 23-month sentence in federal prison. He also was suspended indefinitely by the NFL. The animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wasted no time reminding people exactly what Vick had done. "PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world are disappointed that the Eagles decided to sign a guy who hung dogs from trees. He electrocuted them with jumper cables and held them under water," PETA spokesman Dan Shannon told The Associated Press.

AP / ROB MAADDI / August 14, 2009

Ex-Franklin Official Sentenced After Stealing Cash

WI - Accused of stealing hundreds of dollars from friends, Roseann Lewandowski, former Franklin School Board president faced a judge Monday. Including money from the Franklin Little League. Her attorney claims she stole the money to feed her gambling addiction. / By Jay Olstad / Aug 10, 2009

Ex-federal employee sentenced to 3 years for embezzling nearly $600,000

MO - One count each of embezzlement and money laundering. Harrington said he used the money to gamble and to pay off gambling-related debts and loans. / AP / August 13, 2009

Ex-panhandle sheriff sentenced to nearly 6 years

FL - The former head of the Florida Sheriffs' Association apologized to his Panhandle county and former employees for heading a money laundering and corruption scheme before a judge sentenced him to nearly six years in federal prison... Investigators have said the bonus money came from Homeland Security and Justice Department training grants and that an inner circle within the department used some of the money to fund first-class Las Vegas gambling trips. / Associated Press / By MELISSA NELSON / 08.11.09

Founder of BetonSports Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Forfeits $43 Million to Government

MO - As part of a complex plea agreement, Kaplan, 50, entered pleas of guilty to charges of conspiracy to violate the RICO statute, conspiring to violate the Wire Wager Act and violating the Wire Wager Act. The plea had Kaplan forfeit to the United States $43,650,000 in criminal proceeds, which he wired from a Swiss bank account to a U.S. District Court bank account approximately one week prior to entering his guilty pleas. BetOnSports advertised heavily in the U.S. to solicit U.S. residents to place sports wagers by telephone and over the Internet. "Gary Kaplan made millions of dollars by making it too easy for people to gamble away their hard earned money without having to leave their homes," said John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in St. Louis. He was also one of the pioneers of illegal online gambling. / Follow That Story, News / By Chad Garrison / Aug. 14 2009

Fraud after fraud lands woman 8-year sentence

DE - Jody Chubbs, 31, first embezzled from her employer while on parole for embezzling from a previous employer. She then wrote thousands in bad checks, stole money from customers of a towing business she operated and -- after her arrest and indictment in federal court -- stole the identity of a childhood friend. $367,000... Assistant Federal Public Defender... Said her client had a gambling addiction that contributed to her crimes. Chubbs would obsessively play the same slot machines at Delaware Park and Dover Downs, Chubbs never attempted to pay her back or apologize for taking her life's savings. / The News Journal / By SEAN O'SULLIVAN / August 13, 2009

Gaming Expert Speaks On Internet Cafe Gambling Trend

CA - A gambling expert told the 10News I-Team that playing online is even riskier than one might think. "It's just a front for a gambling operation. You better believe you're at risk," Recently, the San Diego Police raided five Internet cafes and seized 31 video slot machines and $13,000. Convenience is another reason players would rather go to an Internet caf? to gamble than play at a local casino... / August 12, 2009

Holyoke Police Look For Second Man Wanted for Homicide

MA - Police say the two suspects plotted to rob Hernandez of his gambling winnings but ended up shooting and killing him. / CBS 3 Springfield News / Aug 12, 2009

Illegal Gambling Crackdown in Potter County

TX - Gambling will not be tolerated... The County attorney is sending out a strong message, after two gambling rings are broken up. Not just about getting rid of the gambling, "We've found guns in there, we've found drugs. We see organized crime involved." / Aug 13, 2009

Internet Gambling Payment Processor Charged with Bank Fraud, Money Laundering

NY - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today the filing of an indictment charging Douglas Rennick with bank fraud and other offenses stemming from his role in processing more than $350 million for Internet gambling companies. Rennick and his co-conspirators used the accounts to receive funds from offshore Internet gambling companies... Rennick and his co-conspirators then disbursed those funds via checks to U.S. residents seeking to cash out their gambling winnings. / August 10, 2009

Investigation Leads to Seneca Suspension

NY - One of the Seneca Nation's most prominent figures has been suspended from an array of posts at its gambling empire, accused of stealing from the nation. Investigation suggesting John and Tribal Councilor Richard Frank misappropriated $120,000 when John was nation president... / Mike Desmond / 2009-08-12

Joint Police Investigation Closes Illegal Gaming Operation in Terrell

TX - Members of the... Sheriff's Office and... Police Department teamed up on a week long undercover operation on an illegal gambling facility... Investigators expect at least three arrests for Organized Crime... / Pat Laney / August 11, 2009

Judge Rules Online Poker Seizure Warrants Must Be Unsealed

DC - A gaming media company met with success today... US prosecutors had used warrants, To grab the funds from several bank accounts used to channel money to US residents who had won at online poker rooms. / by Matt Miller / August 11, 2009

Lynchburg man pleads guilty in Ponzi scheme

VA - An "advanced fee investment opportunity" offered by a Lynchburg man was a $400,000 scam that fueled his gambling habit, Pleaded guilty Thursday after waiving his right to indictment to two counts of tax fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of failing to file a tax return in U.S. 19 investors lost more than $400,000, / MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE / CARRIE J. SIDENER / August 15, 2009

Man is killed, 3 people wounded in shooting

MO - An 18-year-old man was killed and three others were wounded after gambling in a dice game in a back yard... The four were gambling in the back yard along with many other people before three men came into the yard and started shooting. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By Carolyn Tuft / 08/12/2009

McCollum: feds will step in (eventually) to halt Seminole gambling

FL - Attorney General Bill McCollum said it's time for Florida leaders to put pressure on the federal government to shut down what he calls illegal gambling at Seminole casinos. [McCollum] has tried... To get federal prosecutors to shut down blackjack gambling at Seminole casinos, / by Josh Hafenbrack / August 12, 2009

Multi-Million Dollar Internet Cafe Gambling Operation Busted

TX - Internet gambling cafes have become a popular target for authorities around the country. Dozens of these cafes have been busted for illegal gambling operations in the past six months. Authorities busted what they believe to be a multi-million dollar operation. Six people were arrested in the operation and hit with gambling related charges. / / By Tom Jones / August 9, 2009

Online gambling founder admits crime, agrees to pay $43 million

MO - Kaplan pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, violations of the wire wager act and conspiracy. Prosecutors agreed to drop 14 charges and not prosecute Kaplan for an alleged connection to an illicit Internet pharmacy. Kaplan never finished high school but parlayed his experience as a New York bookie into BetOnSports, Kaplan admitted Friday that he knew as early as 2000 that the federal government considered online gambling illegal, and acknowledged that the company was told that by a law firm it hired two years later. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / BY ROBERT PATRICK / 08/15/2009

1 dead, 3 injured in overnight shooting in St. Louis

MO - A teenager is dead and three other people are hospitalized... Victims... Had been gambling... / By Associated Press / August 12, 2009

Plea Deal in Summerfest ATM Theft Case

WI - Stole about $20,000... Lost some of it gambling. / The WTMJ News / Aug 13, 2009

Police seek man, woman who took voucher from slot machine at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

PA - A man and woman were caught on camera removing the $158 voucher, cashing it in and leaving the casino. / by Express-Times staff / August 13, 2009

Police: Gas Stations Were Gambling Dens

GA - In all, seven people were arrested and police confiscated 13 machines. Police said the machines themselves are legal, but added that cash, lottery or tobacco payouts are illegal. Bojorquez obtained a police report that quoted one of the clerks stating that their highest payout had been $3,000. / August 13, 2009

Police: Investigator stole phony bills from casino

IN - An investigator for the Indiana Gaming Commission... Accused of stealing counterfeit $20 bills from evidence storage at Belterra Casino, / By Quan Truong / August 13, 2009

Remorseful Vick looks for second chance

- A remorseful Michael Vick wants a second chance and a fresh start with the Philadelphia Eagles... Now I want to be part of the solution and not the problem," Vick said Friday, referring to his conviction for his role in running a dogfighting ring [illegal gambling]. Vick said he felt remorse even as he was involved in dogfighting. / ASSOCIATED PRESS / 08/14/2009

Restaurant manager booked with theft

LA - Stealing more than $4,000 from the restaurant he was managing. To support a gambling habit. / Associated Press / August 11, 2009

Shooting suspect's relatives land in jail

WA - Two relatives of a 16-year-old boy charged with shooting a Yakima County sheriff's deputy face drug charges... According to the warrant... Jerry Almaguer said his son was raising and selling fighting roosters. The teenage suspect in the deputy shooting, remains in custody on suspicion of attempted murder. The crime was alleged to be gang-related, / Yakima Herald-Republic / by Mark Morey / Aug 12, 2009

Six Indicted in East Texas Illegal Gambling Enterprise

TX - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 6 individuals have been indicted and charged in connection with their involvement in an illegal gambling operation... 1 count of conspiracy to operate an illegal gambling business; and 3 counts of money laundering. If convicted, the defendants could face up to 20 years in federal prison. A multi-million dollar gambling enterprise which operated computerized gambling machines under the guise of internet cafes and e-business centers... / Crime Blotter / August 10, 2009

Syracuse police: Taxi driver loses up to $20,000 in robbery

NY - A taxi driver told police he was robbed for $16,000 to $20,000 -- all in $100 bills, according to Syracuse police reports. When asked why he carried so much money, he said he was looking for a house before admitting he might use it at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, the reports stated. / The Post-Standard / by Douglass Dowty / August 07, 2009

The State Profits When Gamblers Embezzle

CT - Attorney David Falvey of Groton has an interesting legal theory about people who embezzle money to gamble at the casinos. Since he's a victim, having lost $200,000 to embezzlement by a bookkeeper at his law firm with a gambling habit. These gambling embezzlers, Falvey suggests, are de facto agents for the casinos, stealing money for their benefit. Falvey, energized by a new state-commissioned report which says the rate of embezzlement here has increased at a rate of 10 times the national average, is looking for other embezzlement victims. / By David Collins / 8/9/2009

Va. Gambler Pleads Guilty to $400,000 Fraud Scheme

VA - A Lynchburg man has pleaded guilty to charges related to a Ponzi scheme... Cost about 19 investors... $400,000. To finance his gambling habit. / Associated Press / August 13, 2009

Vegas casino sues Broncos' Jordan over $20K debt

NV - Casino has sued Denver Broncos running back LaMont Jordan over $20,000 in gambling debts plus interest. Insufficient funds or an inability to locate the account. / The Associated Press / Aug. 07, 2009

WPD make illegal gambling arrest

KY - He was charged with promoting gambling in the second-degree, second-degree possession of gambling records, and 10 counts of possession of a gambling device. Police seized seven machines and an undisclosed about of money. / By Adam Sulfridge / August 12, 2009

Webster Man Charged With Theft

MO - A Webster Groves man has been charged in connection with the theft by fraud of $45,000 worth of lumber from an Overland Park, Kan., company. Mohan has a gambling problem and admitted he knew what he was doing was wrong, / August 07, 2009

Woman charged with stealing medicine from slots patron

DE - A 55-year-old Bear woman was arrested early today after she allegedly stole medication from a senior citizen [77-year-old] who was playing the slots at Delaware Park Racing, / The News Journal / By TERRI SANGINITI / August 12, 2009

International Gambling Crimes

A promise to repay: Former Envision manager sentenced for fraud
Canada - Angela Keatley and her husband will mortgage their house to pay back the $537,000 she stole from the Envision Credit Union to support her gambling habit. Keatley wrote more than 60 bogus checks to cover the cost of her casino losses... Huston added Envision's insurance premiums went up after the theft. / Surrey North Delta Leader / By Dan Ferguson / August 10, 2009

Accrington Stanley skipper fined for gambling
Australia - Cavanagh, captain of English League 2 side Accrington Stanley has been handed an eight-month ban and fined $7000 for illegal gambling. Cavanagh was punished by the Football Association (FA) for betting on his club's game... / August 11, 2009

Authorities Seek $560m From Online Gambling Payment Fraudster
UK - US authorities are trying to work out how a Canadian man was able to run a string of illegal internet gambling payment operations, which turned over more than $560m (?335m) in two years. Charged with three felony counts related to money laundering and illegal transactions. / by Rebekah Lillias / 7th August

Baby left as mom gambles
Canada - When Caesars Windsor [casino] security discovered the little girl around 12:30 a.m., she'd been locked alone in the vehicle about an hour and a half and was "sweating profusely," police said. "She admitted to having a gambling problem," said Corey. "Her husband was unaware that she was at the casino. She had told him she was elsewhere with the baby." 2004, the CAS took one-year-old, five-year-old and seven-year-old siblings into protective custody after the older child called 911 to say their mother left them at home while she went to play bingo. Police could hear crying from outside the house. 1998, two Michigan women abandoned nine children in a car while they gambled at the interim casino. 1997, cleaning staff at the Compri Hotel found four children, aged seven, six, four and one, alone in a room while their parents gambled in the casino. Police found a seven-year-old and an infant who was still bottle-fed alone in a car. It was so cold the car windows were frosted over. A Scarborough woman left nine- and five-year-old children alone in a room... While she went to Casino Windsor. / The Windsor Star / Trevor Wilhelm / August 07, 2009

Benefit cheat tried to buy house
UK - Mohammed Ali admitted seven instances of housing benefit and council tax fraud amounting to almost ?10,000 in total when he appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court. His client started gambling when his business was failing. It developed into a gambling addiction, / KIM BRISCOE / 15 August 2009

Birmingham hotel guest's credit card used to withdraw #30k
UK - A guest at a plush Birmingham hotel was conned out of ?30,000 by a man posing as a bank fraud investigator. Gambling addict Finbar Brewer who admitted being part of the sophisticated scam, was jailed for three years at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday. Brewer, who had numerous convictions for dishonestly using credit cards, was addicted to gambling and that the money he obtained was used to pay off debts to loan sharks. / Birmingham Post / by Configuration Administrator / Aug 13 2009

Canadian indicted in U.S. on online gambling charges
Canada - A Canadian citizen named Douglas Rennick opened a business account at a California branch of the Washington Mutual Bank. This, prosecutors in New York allege, was the first step in a money trail that led them to charge Mr. Rennick yesterday with bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling as part of a crackdown against foreign online gambling. U.S. prosecutors have focused on foreign operators while allowing private U.S. companies to run online horse betting games, said Toronto lawyer Michael Lipton, a specialist in gaming law. / Globe and Mail / TU THANH HA / Aug. 07, 2009

Chinese national partially paralysed after attack
Trinidad - ONE of the two Chinese nationals injured during a violent attack by bandits at a Woodbrook casino... Doctors fear that his partial paralysis may be permanent. Both men are employees of the casino... / / August 11th 2009

Doctor gambled away NHS cash
UK - A WEARSIDE doctor went on a gambling spree with almost ?50,000 in taxpayers' cash after being paid a year's salary by mistake. He said: "I thought I could try and get the money back by gambling." By the time the mistake was uncovered, the 43-year-old had used the money to hit the casinos and lost thousands of pounds on roulette wheels, poker and black jack. / By James Johnston / 12 August 2009

Exeter high-flier stole #100,000 to fund gambling
UK - HIGH-FLIER Andrew May has been jailed for a year for stealing more than ?100,000 from a city firm. Admitted at Exeter Crown Court to three thefts by an employee, from the city branch of the insurance firm Friends Provident, totalling ?112,952. He was a well-respected technical consultant at the insurance firm, Stole two deceased clients' pensions and from a tax refund to another pension, to fund his gambling addiction. The court heard he had been a talented amateur rugby, football and cricket player, / August 08, 2009

Former credit union employee promises to repay $537,000 stolen for gambling
Canada - Court documents reveal that while audits during that period uncovered inconsistencies in automatic banking records, she was able to explain them away, at least in part because she was a highly trusted employee. / Surrey Now / By Ted Colley / August 10, 2009

Hotel manager confessed to stealing to fund gambling habit
UK - A RELIEF manager at an Ollerton hotel walked into a police station and confessed to stealing #8,000 to feed his gambling addiction, a court was told. Admitted stealing the cash from his employers... / 11 August 2009

Internet Poker Site Founder Murdered in Suspected Hit
Sweden - A groundbreaking innovator in the world of Internet poker and online gambling was found murdered at a home he owned in Sweden. Unidentified leaks within the investigation have allowed that the killing appears planned and may have been a professional hit on the online poker magnate. / by K.C.Carmichael / August 10, 2009

Mom charged after leaving infant in car to gamble in Windsor
Canada - Police today said a 32-year-old Tilbury, Ontario, woman has been charged with abandonment after allegedly leaving her infant daughter in a hot car while gambling at Caesars Windsor Casino. One count of abandoning a child and failing to provide the necessaries of life for allegedly leaving the 6-month-old girl in her car while she played the tables Thursday. Police said she admitted she had a gambling addiction. / The Detroit News / Christine Ferretti / August 11, 2009

Police bust a multi-billion won gambling ring centred on Macau
China - Kim's activities came to light following police intelligence-based raids in Korea which found that scores of Koreans were involved in illegal gambling in Macau, wagering some 190 billion won ($155 million). The Korea Herald reports that Kim spent 4.6 billion won to acquire the right to operate the gambling operation in the Venetian Macau, a luxury hotel and casino resort. / 8-12-09

Supercar sting netted conman #45k in cash
UK - A CONMAN who sold a car dealer a ?65,000 Aston Martin he had stolen minutes earlier was "hopelessly addicted" to gambling. "He's been a gambler all his life and can't shake it off and this time his losses added up to ?80,000". / South Wales Echo / by Liz Keen / Aug 14 2009

Canada - On Aug. 6, Rama police arrested a 65-year-old male and a 65-year-old female "were observed on surveillance footage as they stole approximately $180 from an unattended purse at Casino Rama," a news release stated. / 8-10-09

Theft of $15,000 nets prison term
Canada - The newly trained employee who made off with $15,000 from the safe at Dooly's in Prince Edward Square on the first day he was left alone did more than acknowledge his gambling addiction during his sentencing in provincial court. Mathurin-Ring said Hamel had a serious gambling addiction and debts. / TELEGRAPH-JoURNAL / MIKE MULLEN / August 12th, 2009