Gambling crimes

"A woman was arrested [in Shreveport, La.] on two felony counts of cruelty to a juvenile after she allegedly left two children in a car with the windows rolled up while she played video poker.... The girls in (Candice) Bradley's custody-ages 5 and 2-were in the woman's car, which was parked in the sun and its windows were shut ... The National Weather Service reported the temperature at that time to be 89 degrees." (Associated Press, 7/26/00)

"A Westville (Indiana) woman arrested last year for leaving her infant daughter in a car to gamble is being prosecuted again, accused of leaving her children home alone so she could play the odds.... [Friends] found the children, aged 15 months and 4 weeks, alone inside the residence." (South Bend [Ind.] Tribune, 7/21/00)

"A 31-year old Virginia woman has been arrested on neglect charges for leaving six young children unattended in a sweltering vehicle while she and her mother played the slot machines at the Caesars riverboat casino." (Louisville Courier-Journal, 7/12/00)

"A Blacksburg (S.C.) woman has been arrested after police say she left her two toddlers outside a convenience store while she played video gambling machines. Cherokee County sheriff's Deputy West Foster said he found a 3-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl in an unlocked car with a window down." (Associated Press, 12/16/9

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A Waterford (Conn.) contractor will have to pay more than $30,000 before the end of August to stay out of prison for swindling people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.... Prosecutors said that (James) Coughlin spent most of the stolen money at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Mohegan Sun casino." (Associated Press, 8/3/00)

"Helen 'Pearl' Byrd's co-workers in the Department of Social Services Waterbury (Connecticut) office knew that the long-time supervisor liked to gamble, sometimes using compensatory time to leave work early to hit the slot machines at the Mohegan Sun Casino. But what they didn't know is how the 66-year-old financed her gambling habit: Authorities say she embezzled more than $187,000 in the past two years from DSS." (Hartford Courant, 8/15/00)

"A Rhode Island woman known as the 'church lady' is free on bail after pleading innocent to stealing $3,000 from four severely mentally retarded adults at a Mansfield (Mass.) group home to play slot machines at Foxwoods Casino.... An organist at St. Theresa's Church in Nasonville, R.I., [Denise] Manderville worked as a caretaker for the four adults." (Boston Herald, 3/9/00)


"The man who ran food services for East Haven (Conn.) schools has been accused of stealing more than $28,000 in lunch money. Alphonse Lauro Jr. was charged Thursday with larcency for allegedly skimming money from receipts at East Haven High School's cafeteria to support a gambling habit, police said." (Associated Press, 10/6/00)

"With the proliferation of gambling in recent years, social workers and other mental-health professionals have seen a disturbing increase in compulsive gambling, said Salvatore Marzilli, president of the Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling.... In 1990, Marzilli said, there was only one Gamblers Anonymous group meeting in Rhode Island each week. Today there are 10; each has at least 20 members." (Providence Journal, 4/28/00)

"The chief financial officer in (Darien, Conn.) has been charged with embezzling at least $10,000 in quarters from parking meter receipts. State police saw Paul Santoro turning in large amounts of change at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville." (Las Vegas Sun, 12/16/9

"Stevan Datz, co-owner of the former United Surgical Center, in Warwick (R.I.), has been sentenced to five years' home confinement and five years' probation for embezzling money from his company....

"He took a total of $149,859 from the company, said Jim Martin, spokesman for the attorney general's office.... Special Assistant Atty. Gen. Danika Iacoi, who prosecuted the case, said Datz spent the money at Foxwoods casino, on travel and on other personal expenses." (Providence Journal-Bulletin, 10/29/99)

"Brian Dean Gray, a former Richmond (Va.) stockbroker, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to all three federal fraud charges against him for stealing more than $850,000 from clients and gambling much of it away.... He used more than $350,000 to gamble on horse racing, at New Jersey casinos and in card games." (Richmond Times Dispatch, 6/3/00)

"A San Francisco financial planner pleaded guilty yesterday to laundering more than $6 million of his clients' money in a scheme to pay off gambling debts and other personal expenses, according to the U.S. attorney's office." (San Francisco Chronicle, 6/29/00)

"A former teller was given five years probation Monday for embezzling about $10,000 from a Bellevue (Nebr.) bank.... (Shelly) Lesley admitted she removed the money from the night deposits to support a gambling habit." (Omaha World- Herald, 6/13/00)

"Sheriff's deputies booked a Baton Rouge [La.] woman into the West Baton Rouge Parish jail Thursday on a theft count after more than $6,000 disappeared from the convenience story that she managed.... Jessicatold investigators that she took the money to a Baton Rouge riverboat casino in an effort to win money and help pay off a debt." ([Baton Rouge, La.] Advocate, 6/10/00)

"A casino executive who fudged his tax returns should have his license renewed anyway, New Jersey's top casino regulator said Monday. James Hurley, chairman of the state Casino Control Commission, said Mirage Resorts Inc.-Atlantic City president Mark Juliano demonstrated 'extremely poor judgment and an acute lack of sensitivity regarding his financial reporting responsibilities.' But Hurley said it wasn't serious enough to deny Juliano a license to work in New Jersey casinos. Juliano, 44, of Haddonfield, a former president of Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino, wrote off $8,965 for a 'phantom' personal computer, reported gambling losses as a business expense and told the IRS he drove 180,000 miles on a car found to have traveled only 69,000 total miles, according to an investigation by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement." (Associated Press, 6/19/00)

"The Missouri Gaming Commission on Wednesday proposed $500,000 in fines against five casinos-including all four in Kansas City and Harrah's in St. Louis-after an undercover sting operation resulting in allegations that gamblers were being allowed to skirt the state's $500 loss limit rules." (Las Vegas Sun, 6/1/00)

"A St. Cloud (Fla.) man who police say stole $57,000 from the bank where he was head teller gave himself up this week and was charged with grand theft.... (William) McClure's wife, Juanita, reported his disappearance Aug. 1 and told authorities he had a history of gambling problems." (Orlando Sentinel, 9/9/00)

"An accountant accused of stealing almost $115,000 from her employer was sentenced Friday to serve two years probation and complete treatment for gambling addiction.... Police said (Denise) Fiehler stole $114,557 between March 1999 and January 2000 from Camplex-Concept W. an Emporia (Kansas) manufacturing firm where she was employed.

"A gambling addiction counselor from Topeka testified Fiehler had been diagnosed as a compulsive gambler and had been in treatment since March." (Topeka Capital-Journal, 4/29/00)

"A video-poker addiction allegedly drove a Baton Rouge legal secretary to steal more than $50,000 from a Mississippi nursing home resident, the Attorney General's Office said." ([Baton Rouge, La.] Advocate, 3/3/00)

"Former University of Southern California baseball player Shon Malani was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison for stealing nearly $500,000 from the federal credit union where he worked. U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor rejected a request for leniency made by Malani's attorney, who said he stole the money to pay off gambling debts totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars." (Associated Press, 3/1/00)

"A notorious Chinatown gang has expanded its loansharking operation to legal card clubs in the Bay Area, particularly the Lucky Chances Casino in Colma, according to an FBI affidavit made public yesterday." (San Francisco Chronicle, 3/4/00)

"Laurel (Montana) Crimestoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of former Crimestoppers chairman Sandy Stevenson, who is suspected of stealing more than $9,000 from a reward fund.... Prosecutors speculate that Stevenson took the cash from Laurel Crimestoppers and lost it gambling, based on statements from employees at casinos in Laurel and Billings." (Associated Press, 3/16/00)

"Two former employees at a Westport (Missouri) bank facility pleaded guilty Thursday to a decade-long embezzlement of about $1.58 million that, among other things, financed gambling sprees and vacations in exotic locales." (Kansas City Star, 3/16/00)

"She bet the farm, but that wasn't enough. She also wagered away her inheritance, the money from stock funds and even her retirement nest egg. It's all gone. After hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of good times aboard Casino Aztar's riverboat casino (Evansville, Ind.], this 69-year-old woman is looking to re-enter the job market....The casino, she said, never asked if she was getting in over her head.... In an envelope that's too full to seal, she keeps a stack of cashed bank markers. The stack is about 3 inches high. Most are for $1,000.

This is not all,' she explained, pointing to the stack. 'I'd take my (cash) money with me, and when I lost it, I tried to get it back. That's when I'd get markers."

"Markers are basically checks, provided by the casino. Patrons provide their bank account numbers and also submit to a credit check. Once approved, the casino prints checks on a computer with the patron's bank account number. The patron can then use the money to gamble, and the casino will hold the marker for a least one week." ([Evansville, Ind.] Courier, 11/2/9

"One of the biggest gamblers in Las Vegas history is accused of writing $8 million in bad checks to pay off gambling debts at Caesars Palace and The Rio. Metro police arrested Singapore resident Sukarman Sukamto as he stepped off a private Mirage Resorts Inc. jet carrying him from Honolulu to Las Vegas last Friday to attend the opening of Bellagio.

"Over the past 15 years, the native-born Indonesian has lost more than $1000 million gambling in Las Vegas, sources said. His wealth, penchant for risk-taking and courtly demeanor made Sukamto one of the most coveted 'whales' frequenting the ultra-high limit baccarat games at Southern Nevada's premier resorts.

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