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5/9/10 To 5/15/10



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3 Arkansas men plead guilty to gambling charges
AR - Three Arkansas men have pleaded guilty to gambling charges that link them to another man previously indicted on gambling and weapons charges and accused of connections with organized crime on the East Coast, took bets on NBA games and other sports.Thompson,accused of weapons, gambling and bid-rigging violations. A North Little Rock alderman was accused in a later indictment of illegally selling guns to Thompson.he had laundered money from the gambling operation by writing a check for $23,500 to Mandalay Bay Casino.
http://news.bostonherald.com / By Associated Press / May 15, 2010

8-liner charges waiting on DA
TX - Yarbrough wasn't aware the business next to his was what police believe to be an illegal gambling hall.Sheriff s deputies seized motherboards from about 280 eight-liner machinesmaking illegal payouts.Eight-liners themselves are legal, but owners are limited by state gambling laws as to what types of prizes can be awarded. For the payouts to be illegal, the reward must be paid in cash or with an item greater than $5 in value. Our target was the people who ran the businesses who were alleged to be actively involved in illicit gambling. 
http://www.familybadge.org / PoliceNewsLink.Com / May 11, 2010

Aqueduct Casino Gambling Bids Open Again In New York
NY - New York has been looking to bring a casino to their famous Aqueduct racetrack for almost a decade. After another failed attempt to award the casino, the state is once again seeking bids.A group that included legendary rap mogul Jay Z had secured the latest bid, but the rights to the casino were stripped after allegations that the group gained the bid through unsavory business deals.
http://www.casinogamblingweb.com/ / CasinoGamblingWeb.com / By Terry Goodwin / May 13, 2010

Bar owner charged for allowing gambling, smoking
NE - Misdemeanor charges have been filed against a Grand Island bar owner who allowed gambling and smoking in his business.
http://www.theindependent.com / TheIndependent.com / By Sarah Schulz / May 13, 2010

Barbara Yalowizer Sentenced Tuesday
WY - Yalowizer, (58 years) who worked for Sheridan County School District 1 for nearly 30 years, had taken the money from the District to support her growing gambling addiction. she has virtually no criminal history
http://www.sheridanmedia.com / By MaryJo Johnson / 05/12/2010

Borrego suit continues despite suicide
NM - Investigators said she'd committed suicide two days before being sentenced for embezzling more than $3.4 million from the Jemez Mountain district. She faced 41 years behind bars. "The embezzlement alleges$3.4 million, and we're going to see how much of that we can help the school district recover."Investigators believe Borrego spent some of the money gambling.
http://www.krqe.com / KRGE.com / 10 May 2010

Butler says Foxwoods not pushing for lower gambling age
CT - A day earlier, Butler told The Hartford Courant the state should consider lowering its legal gambling age from 21 to perhaps 18 and allowing alcohol sales until 4 a.m. On Thursday, he said his comments were his own "observations." The tribe is seeking to restructure more than $2 billion in debt and faces additional competitive pressures from all directions.In 2009, Connecticut legislators abandoned discussion of 24-hour sales at the casinos after a fatal accident on Interstate 395 was caused by a driver who'd been drinking at a Mohegan Sun nightclub.
http://www.theday.com / The Day / By Brian Hallenbeck / 05/14/2010

Disbarred lawyer admits stealing $650K
MA - A disbarred Dennis lawyer admitted Friday that he stole $650,000 from a client to feed his gambling habit.he used his client's money to fuel an obsession with online poker, Robertstwice attempted suicide the second time Roberts has been convicted of bilking a client out of cash so he could gamble it away.
http://www.capecodonline.com / By George Brennan / May 10, 2010

Canadian Man Pleads Guilty To Processing Online Gaming Payments
NY - A Canadian manadmitted in federal court in Manhattan he operated a company that processed illicit payments to U.S. residents by online gambling companies. The payments involved U.S. players of online poker and casino games,
http://online.wsj.com / Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES / By Chad Bray / MAY 11, 2010

Canadian man pleads guilty in web gambling scheme
NY - A Canadian man pleaded guilty to illegally using the wires to transmit bets and wagering information in connection with an alleged $350 million Internet gambling scheme,Rennick agreed to forfeit $17.1 million, and could face six to 12 months in prison The government originally charged Rennick with conspiring to commit bank fraud, money laundering and engaging in illegal gambling, and could have ordered him to forfeit $565.9 million,
http://www.reuters.com / Jonathan Stempel / May 11

C.A. Upholds Conviction of Man Who Strangled Wife With Necktie
CA - A defendant s claim that he strangled his victim as part of a suicide pact Martinez sentenced Lam, to 15 years after he strangled his wife with a necktie and buried her in the backyard Lam, testified that he and his wife were both depressed after he lost $20,000 while gambling and she learned that the money, which she had saved, was gone.Lam acknowledged that his testimony was contrary to what he told detectives, which was that he came home drunk, snuck up behind his wife the night he took the money, and killed her, out of shame.
http://www.metnews.com / By KENNETH OFGANG / May 11, 2010

Former TJ Employee Admits To Stealing Money
VA - A former employee of High School for Science and Technology pleaded guilty May 6 to stealing more than $279,000 in funds intended to support functions like student athletics, clubs, prom and graduation parties. Litwin used some of the funds to support a gambling habit,
http://www.connectionnewspapers.com / By Julia O'Donoghue / May 14, 2010

Federal Probe Haunts Alabama s Gambling Proponents
AL - A federal probe into an expanded gambling initiative passed in the Alabama Senate means the issue is continuing to dominate the state s political scene even after the gambling bill was killed in the House. Bedford said the announcement of the federal probe within 48 hours after the Senate approved his bill by a 21-13 vote on March 30 was unprecedented and killed any chance of passing the bill In the House.Johnson claims Riley raised $342,000 in February and March ostensibly for Republican candidates but instead used the money to support anti-gambling initiatives in this year s legislative session. Johnson s letter also alleges the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians promised Riley $3m to help him win election in 2002 but did not deliver all of it.The federal investigation into the Senate s passage of the electronic bingo bill may turn out to be the death knell for bills to expand gambling in Alabama.
http://www.gamblingcompliance.com / Gambling Compliance Ltd / Tony Batt / 13 May, 2010

Former manager of Ark. waste district admits fraud
AR - The former executive director has admitted taking more than $756,000 from the district.he took money to support "a horrible gambling addiction."
http://www.wxvt.com / Associated Press / May 14, 2010

Feds Investigate Las Vegas Online Poker Business Deals
NV - if they are engaging in advertising and tournament arrangements directly with the online poker rooms.
http://www.gambling911.com / Gambling911.com / May 14, 2010

Former Evansville schools employee sentenced to jail in theft case
WI - A former Evansville School District employee accused of stealing from the district to pay off $200,000 in gambling debts was sentenced
http://gazettextra.com / Gazettextra.com / By TED SULLIVAN / May 13, 2010

Feeling lucky? Online gaming finds loophole
NC - Rather than dropping money into video poker machines, players who try their luck at online sweepstakes cafes buy telephone or Internet cards. Internet sweepstakes cafes began to proliferate last year after judges in Wake and Guilford counties ruled that they should be allowed to continue operating until the General Assembly clarifies whether the games are illegal. North Carolina's gaming statute, enacted four years ago, required the state to be rid of all video gaming machines by July 1, 2007. But by the time that law took effect, the gaming industry had found a loophole qualifying the online games as a sweepstakes and skirting state law that makes gambling illegal.
Ann Drabek, who owns an Internet cafe on the outskirts of Fayetteville, said the law needs clarifying. Some critics say the games can be addictive and take advantage of the poor. Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine said people have lost plenty of money playing the games. "Folks lose homes. They get addicted to this kind of stuff,""A gambling addiction is just like a drug and alcohol addiction. That creates problems. Foreclosures. People lose jobs. They can't pay their bills. It just goes on and on."
http://www.fayobserver.com / By Michael Futch / May 09, 2010

Gambling machines seized from lingerie cafe
CA - The Orange County District Attorney is considering filing charges against the 28-year-old operator of a Little Saigon. lingerie café who was arrested on suspicion of possessing gambling machines, "Gambling has been a part of Asian culture for many, many years," Pham said.
http://www.ocregister.com / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER / By DEEPA BHARATH / May 13, 2010

Gambling doesn't pay when Spurs bet turns to gunfire
TX - A northwest-side man is in trouble with the authorities for firing a shotgun in connection with collecting a debt due from a San Antonio Spurs game,Investigators said a man had a dispute with a neighbor about money from an overdue bet.
http://www.kens5.com / KENS 5 / by Marvin Hurst / May 12, 2010

Gambling Ring Ends In Club Owner's Arrest In Dayton, Ohio
OH - a federal grand jury indicted West Carrollton club owner Stanley W. Combs III on charges related to operating an illegal gambling business and tax fraud. Authorities claim that Combs was making his living from illegal poker games.
http://www.casinogamblingweb.com / CasinoGamblingWeb.com / By April Gardner / May 14, 2010

Hollywood Man Sentenced to 10 Yrs in Prison for Drug Trafficking
MD - To date, 10 of 13 defendants charged in this conspiracy have pleaded guilty to their participation in the drug operations, including the ringleader, Rodney Matthew Estep, Jr., a/k/a Barney Fife,  age 34, of Mechanicsville, Maryland. Estep pleaded guilty to the drug conspiracy, conducting an illegal gambling business and money laundering.
http://www.thebaynet.com / 5/10/2010

How 10 suburban investors were duped out of savings by one broker
IL - Schmidt drove a bus for a living until an accident forced her into disability. depended on her niece's ex-husband,to guide their investmentsshe's 59 and her husband Ronald is 64, and they're broke. A half-million dollars dwindled to nothing and they fear for the future.At least 10 suburban victims said Boston-based LPL Financial Corp, also known as Linsco Private Ledger, should be held responsible for Londo taking their life savings or their retirement accounts - collectively about $4 million. Besides the Schmidts, other victims were mostly retirees in their 60s and 70sLondo used the money to fund a lavish lifestyleas well as gambling sprees in the suburbs and in Las Vegas.Londo had luxury cars, went on multiple gambling junkets to Las Vegas on private planes,The complaints said he gambled at local casinos and, at times, was jetted to Las Vegas by the Aladdin Casino.The Lake in the Hills police department responded to a call at Londo's residence on April 9, 2009, to find Londo's body. He had been shot in the head. The police determined Londo's death was "not suspicious," and categorized it as a suicide,
http://www.dailyherald.com / Daily Herald Staff / By Anna Marie Kukec / 5/10/2010

Internet cafes brewing up conflict
FL - The recent crackdown on Internet cafes in the area has stirred much activity in the courts. As we witnessed late last year, one of these arrests even resulted in a tossed-out jury trial, based on what the judge claimed was insufficient evidence. Based on news reports, such conflict between local authorities and Internet cafe owners, who claim they are not violating state gambling statutes
http://slee.blogs.ocala.com / by Suevon Lee / May 12th, 2010

Investigation of ex-banker shocks South Valley
CA - Described by many as hard-working, Sell, 55, was vice president and manager of the local branch of Citizens Business Bank. police and state agents raided Sell's home and the bank looking for evidence that she took money from night deposits to support a gambling habit.In 2008, when she was named Woman of the Year, the county's Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation that read in part, "Jeri is truly a role model and an inspiration to those who know her."pizza restaurant owner Gloria McCauslin accused Sell in a lawsuit of taking $47,000 over a period of years by not properly crediting night deposits.
http://www.fresnobee.com / The Fresno Bee / By Lewis Griswold / May. 09, 2010

IRS tells poker champ to pay taxes
FL - Mizrachi, 29, who had a record-breaking 2005 World Series of Poker win, has been hit with a $339,711 lien from the Internal Revenue Service, records show.A Hollywood condo he owned with his brother,was foreclosed on and sold via an online auctionHe said he is playing more online poker now, and stays home to take care of his three children, ages 2 through 5.Mizrachi has been playing poker since age 15 -- "even underage on cruise ships" -- and started as a poker dealer in 2002 at the Seminole Casino Hollywood,
http://www.heraldtribune.com / Sun Sentinel / By NICK SORTAL / May 13, 2010

Montezuma Police Accuse Seven of Running Gambling Operations
GA - Montezuma police say they've charged seven people with running gambling operations at four local businesses. Police also seized $23,500 in cashPolice say the seven were charged with commercial gambling, gambling,
http://www.13wmaz.com / Bernard O'Donnell / 5-12-10

Lakeland Man Gets 7 Years in Prison in Animal Fighting Case
FL - A 59-year-old Lakeland man convicted of having dogs and chickens for fightingHe was also found guilty of possessing marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a structure for drugs.Barrentine's record includes convictions in the 1980s of animal cruelty for dog fighting, and gambling and drug charges.
http://www.theledger.com / THE LEDGER / By Jason Geary / May 12, 2010

Last defendant pleads in cockfighting ring
SC - Moore is the last of 23 people facing charges including operating an unlawful animal fighting venture, illegal gambling and conspiracy.
http://www.midlandsconnect.com / AP / 05.10.2010

Lynn Woolley: The hidden costs of bringing gambling to Texas
TX - When times get tough in Texas,the stateLegislature often turn to thoughts of gambling. It's a lot easier to find ways to bring in more state revenue than to do the right thing, which is to cut spending. At its core, a state lottery is nothing more than government selling false hope. The ads never explain that the lottery is essentially voluntary taxes and that your chances of getting struck by lightning are considerably higher. Some of that extra cash would be used to help families devastated by the new addictions we'd be creating. If we needed counseling centers for the lottery, just wait until we get casinos. 25 people were convicted in Louisiana in a scheme to skim video poker profits for the Marcello, Genovese and Gambino crime families. what comes along with them (casinoa): devastated families, suicides, more organized crime, a big new state bureaucracy
http://www.dallasnews.com / Lynn Woolley / May 12, 2010

Metra boss' suicide stuns colleagues
IL - On Sept. 12, 2009, Chris Kelly, 51, formerly of Frankfort, a close ally and major fundraiser for formerGov. Rod Blagojevich, committed suicide by ingesting pills outside a Country Club Hills lumberyard. Kelly was set to start an eight-year prison sentence on his convictions for gambling-related tax fraud and a bid-rigging scheme at O'Hare International Airport that involved his Markham roofing company.
http://www.southtownstar.com / Sun-Times Media / BY MARY WISNIEWSKI AND DAN ROZEK / May 9, 2010

Man, 55, gets 20 years for S.F. Ponzi scheme
CA - A San Francisco tax preparer was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Friday for running a 30-year Ponzi scheme that cheated hundreds of investors out of more than $50 million. spent the rest on casino gambling
http://www.sfgate.com / San Francisco Chronicle / Bob Egelko / May 15, 2010

Man Suspected In Pompano Beach Murder Arrested
FL - That suspect is 30-year-old Marvin Johnson, who was a longtime friend and next-door neighbor of the victim, Samuel McWhorter (79)."There is some speculation that this crime could have been tied to the fact that my grandfather liked to go gambling in Pompano Beach at the racetrack and that there might have been something to do with money," McWhorter's bloody body was found inside his home by his granddaughter last Friday.
http://cbs4.com / CBS4 / May 11, 2010

New Hampshire Police Raid Pizzeria For Illegal Gambling Operation
NH - New Hampshire authorities continued a trend across the US of raiding establishments offering illegal gambling machines. The raids in New Hampshire took place on Friday evening at two Pizzeria's with the same owners. The authorities began an investigation and began sending undercover officers into the two pizzeria's. Once they accumulated enough payouts, they planned their Friday raids.
http://www.casinogamblingweb.com / CasinoGamblingWeb.com / By April Gardner / May 9, 2010

NJ indictment accuses 34 reputed Lucchese crime family members, associates of racketeering
NJ - racketeering, conspiracy and money laundering.The indictments stem from an investigation into an illegal gambling operation that handled billions of dollars in wagers, primarily on sporting events, and relied on extortion and violence to collect debts, authorities said.the "evolving alliance" between mobsters and street gangs was "troubling,"It is alleged that DiNapoli and Madonna controlled the crime family's gambling operations and other criminal activities from New York, while both Perna and Scarfo are alleged to have overseen the Lucchese crime family's operations in New Jersey.The state has seized or frozen millions of dollars in assets
http://www.latimes.com / Associated Press / BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI / May 14, 2010

Ohio Shutting Down Gambling Clubs
OH - Gambling at poker clubs and Internet cafes is illegal, and authorities will pursue gambling charges in attempts to shut them down, awsuit filed against Liberty Township by a poker club that opened up in a motel. The club wants to test the law''People shouldn't be in fear about poker or placing bets in a private setting,'' Watkins said, using home poker games or private bets on a golf course as examples.
http://www.recentpoker.com / 5/13/10

One arrested on CCSO lead
TX - a seventh grader at Petrolia Junior High, was shot with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun. Lovorn was shot in the pelvic area and the bullet exited his buttocks.A weekly poker game is known to be played inside a building on the property, drawing complaints about an illegal gambling operation.In Texas it is legal to play poker as long as it is a private game and no profit is gained with the exception of personal winnings.Lemons believe there may be as many as three more individuals involved in the home invasion,
http://www.claycountyleader.com / MAY 13, 2010

Online Poker War Heats Up
The U.S. Attorney in Manhattan struck a big blow on Tuesday by getting Douglas Rennick, 35, a Canadian payment processor, to show up in New York and plead guilty to violating the Wire Act by processing more than $350 million in the U.S. for Internet poker companies and other online gaming firms. Rennick agreed to forfeit $583 million, funds that partly belonged to players of those and other companies. As Forbes pointed out in February, the owners and operators of the biggest online poker firms are an open secret--and many of them can be found regularly playing poker in Las Vegas or promoting their companies at U.S. events shown on television.the Australian owner of another payment processor used by online gaming firms, was arrested in Las Vegas and charged by federal prosecutors of bank fraud and money laundering
http://www.forbes.com / Nathan Vardi / 05.12.10

Poker : Skill vs. Chance Back in US Court
PA - The couple, who were accused in 2008 of running a poker game in which no rake applied in the garage of a private home, have appealed a Superior Court ruling that had earlier overturned a lower court finding that poker is predominantly a game of skill and therefore falls outside the scope of illegal gambling. 
http://www.recentpoker.com / 5/10/10

Poker Case May Go to Pennsylvania Supreme Court
PA - This move would come after a Superior Court overturned an illegal gambling acquittal against the pair when it ruled that poker was predominantly a game of chance, and therefore represented gambling by those involved. There was no evidence presented at all that demonstrated that poker was a game of chance except for [an undercover] trooper s testimony, which is by no means an expert witness.
http://pokerroomreview.com / pokerroomreview.com / By Dave Swinson / May 11, 2010

Police search for elderly murder
FL - Seventy-nine-year-old Samuel McWhorter was found dead inside his home McWhorter loved to bet at the Pompano Casino Park, where they say he won a large amount of cash last week.
http://www.wsvn.com / 5-11-10

Prosecutor: Gambling clubs illegal
OH - Poker clubs and Internet cafes are illegal, and authorities will pursue gambling charges in attempts to shut themdown, ''In short, it is illegal for anyone to conduct, operate and/or promote games or schemes of chance for a profit. ''Hopefully with this opinion, violators will cease and desist from carrying on illegal gambling in Trumbull County,'' Watkins said.Finamore said later he only gave the club a clean bill of health from a civil or zoning standpoint. The criminal law still has many ''gray areas,'' he said.
http://www.tribtoday.com / Tribune Chronicle / By CHRISTOPHER BOBBY / May 12, 2010

Prosecutor: Poker clubs violate gambling laws
OH - While Austintown Township awaits a legal opinion on a proposed poker club in Mahoning County, a neighboring prosecutor is taking aim at poker clubs and Internet cafes, which he says violates Ohio s gambling law. Crivelli said the board of appeals also has issued conditional-use permits for five Internet cafes in the township.
http://austintown.vindy.com / By Elise Franco / May 12, 2010

Riegel Reports: Losing to Win
LA - There is a disturbing trend among gambling addicts.Professional women are one of the fastest growing groups of gambling addicts. Capital Area Center for Gambling Treatment, where women outnumber men nearly two-to-one.More disturbing still is that many of these women are turning to theft to support their habits.Desperate to the point of stealing her parent's credit card and charging $10,000 to cover her gambling debts. "That was my rock bottom, when I took my daughter's $5,000 she had from her car wreck and went to the boat and blew it,""I've had people lose their jobs and seek treatment because they were facing legal charges from embezzling money on the job."Research shows one in five compulsive gamblers will attempt suicide.
http://www.wafb.com / The Riegel Report / By: Stephanie Riegel / May 13, 2010

Rancho Murieta embezzler gets 7 years, $2.8 million tab
CA - A Rancho Murieta woman who embezzled funds from a Sacramento-area company has been sentenced to seven yearsordered to repay more than $2.8 million She traveled to Las Vegas with a friend, buying $500 bottles of champagne at a nightclub, and paid for hair extensions, clothing, home improvements and gambling trips to local casinos.
http://www.sacbee.com / Sacbee.com / By Cathy Locke / May 13, 2010

Scarfo son, 33 others face racketeering charges
PA - Scarfo, the son of jailed Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, was indicted on racketeering and gambling charges Friday for his alleged role in what New Jersey authorities charge was a $2 billion, international sports-betting operation.Joseph DiNapoli and Matthew Madonna, reputed leaders of the crime family, headed a gambling operation that generated about $2.2 billion in bets over 15 months, the indictment charged.Scarfo, who has two prior gambling convictions, was charged with racketeering, conspiracy, and gambling offenses in the Operation Heat indictment. allegations of extortion, aggravated assault, money-laundering, and drug dealing.
http://www.philly.com / Inquirer / By George Anastasia and Mike Newall / May. 15, 2010

Spurs Bet Turns to Gunfire
TX - A northwest-side man is in trouble with the authorities for firing a shotgun in connection with collecting a debt due from a San Antonio Spurs game,a man had a dispute with a neighbor about money from an overdue bet.
http://www.gambling911.com / KENS 5 / by Marvin Hurst / MAY 12, 2010

ST. LOUIS > EX-WORKER GETS 21-MONTH SENTENCE FOR EMBEZZLING
MO - Stockstrum, 40, was sentenced tfor embezzling $247,000. suffered from agambling addiction.
http://www.stltoday.com / 05/15/2010

St. Marys man pleads guilty
KS - Gockel, 52,has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $500,000 from his mother's trust fund,Gockel made wire transfersoff-shore gambling websites.
http://cjonline.com / By The Capital-Journal / May 10, 2010

Sunset District Accountant Sentenced For Defrauding Investors Of $34 Million
CA - An accountantwas sentenced in federal court today to 20 years in prison for defrauding 292 middle-class investors of at least $34.5 million.Former Los Angeles Rams football player Bob Fields, who lost $1.7 million, told Heckscher, "You lied and cheated every single one of us."Fahnbulleh, ost her life savings of $187,000, said, "I'm destitute, penniless, without a cash reserve."Heckscher spent an unknown but substantial amount of the investors' money in a "secret, second, sordid life of gambling in the casinos of Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City."Daniel Irving of Chico, who said he lost $1.7 million, said he accompanied Heckscher on lavish gambling trips to Las Vegas. she will have to forego retirement and her 60-year-old husband had to take a night job as a janitor so that they can keep their house.
http://sfappeal.com / May 14, 2010

Suspect in $2 million Ponzi scheme faces 27 felony charges
MI - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Tuesday that a real estate bond program manager accused of running a $2 million Ponzi scheme that may have subsidized a gambling habit will face 27 felony charges.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com / By Chad Halcom / May. 11, 2010

Two charged following illegal gambling house raids
NC - Sheriff's deputies have arrested two men for allegedly running an illegal gambling operation at two businesses in Rowan County.
http://www.wbtv.com / WBTV / May 10, 2010

Tampa man pleads guilty to 3 bank robberies
FL - Weston, 46, of Tampa, pleaded guilty today to three federal bank robbery charges,Two tellers arrived, turned off the alarms and took out seven bags containing $8,965. Weston, wearing a black ski mask, appeared and pointed what appeared to be a silver handgun. He forced the tellers into a room, took their cell phones and the bags of money, and fled in one of the teller's cars. Detectives found him with a duffle bag stuffed with $10,000. He told them he gambled away $30,000 at a casino and at dog tracks.
http://northeast2.tbo.com / The Tampa Tribune / By Elaine Silvestrini / May 13, 2010

Virtual slots stir real questions in Florida
FL - His (Massa, 73) favorite pastime is Lucky Sevens, an online sweepstakes game that mimics a slot machine. Jacks pays out cash if a customer hits the jackpot.But were they gambling? These Internet cafes are thriving almost entirely because of the sweepstakes chances; Officialsgrappling with the legality of gaming cafes, in some cases regulating and tolerating them, and, in others, prosecuting them and winning.cafes have a similar impact on problem gamblers.Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, said dozens of people had called her group's hot line in the past nine months, complaining specifically about Internet cafes. the majority of callers were low-income women who had lost an average of $13,000 at neighborhood Internet cafes.a local Internet cafe,closed in August after a raid.The Florida attorney general's office has said that while it considers sweepstakes cafes to be in violation of state law, it is up to local law enforcement to decide whether illegal gambling is indeed taking place.
http://www.heraldtribune.com / The New York Times / By SUSAN SAULNY / May 10, 2010

Woman's felony charge reduced in Aldi theft
NY - A former Aldi grocery store manager who stole about $47,000 to fuel a gambling habit had her felony grand larceny charge reduced
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com / TIMES / By DAVID WINTERS / MAY 11, 2010

Wosencroft off Foxwoods team
PA - That search is part of a multi-pronged effort that is the Foxwoods team's fight for life. When Wynn left, he took his money and drawings with him, and that meant that once again, Foxwoods was out of compliance with a gaming board order to produce those items. Although Foxwoods continues to pay a $2,000-per-day fine imposed because it missed the original, Dec. 1 deadline, the most recent deadlines set by the board were March 31 for the finance information and April 26 for the drawings.
http://planphilly.com / Plan Philly / By Kellie Patrick Gates / May 11, 2010





International Gambling Crimes


Dennis Price to face a second jail term?
New Zealand - Renowned harness racing owner, gambling addict and now crooked travel agent Dennis Price could face a second jail termPrice convinced his business partner they could nail the Blues Super 14 team contract while stealing thousands of dollars to feed a gambling addiction. Price had taken the money from funds from his Family Trust.
http://www.harnesslink.com / Bevan HURLEY and Joelle DALLY / NEW ZEALAND HERALD / 10-May-2010

Company boss stole 'eye-watering' sums from business
UK - McSorley, who earned £65,000-a-year, diverted nearly £500,000 into his account after creating 66 falsified invoices over a 30-month period. "As he puts it, he fell off the planet when spending money. "It can be characterised as wine, women and song, as well as gambling."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk / The Telegraph / 11 May 2010

Carer stole for gambling binge
Australia - A WHEELCHAIR-bound pensioner entrusted his key card to his full-time carer to buy groceries. But instead, she flushed nearly $1000 of his money through a poker machine during a gambling binge. The court heard the woman had a gambling problem at the time.
http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au / Sarah Crawford / 11th May 2010

Events organiser jailed for five years
Ireland - A 33-year-old events organiser has been jailed for five years for stealing more than ¬200,000 in deposits for debs and graduation balls from students of 26 schools in Cork. used the money to feed his gambling addiction.
http://www.rte.ie / 10 May 2010

Former DirectWest accountant gets 12-month conditional sentence for stealing $20,000 from company
Canada - Manz stole more than $20,000 while working with DirectWest, a company that prints phonebooks.started taking the money after he got into problems with debts, financial obligations and a lifestyle of partying, where he would "spend money in the bar, (then) go to the casino to try to get it back."
http://www.leaderpost.com / Leader-Post / By JANA G. PRUDEN / May 10, 2010

Gambler's parents pay price of his theft
Ireland - A GAMBLER who stole ¬4,000 from his boss has been told by a judge that he must never gamble again as his family is now paying for his addiction.
http://www.herald.ie / Herald News / By Eimear Cotter / May 14 2010

Gambling Addiction Expert Praises $55m Funding
New Zealand - Professor Max Abbott, head of AUT University's Gambling and Addictions Research Centre"Gambling remains a significant public health and social issue. The toxic brew bubbling in its wake includes crime, disruption to work and education, family violence, child abuse and neglect and a raft of mental and physical health problems." "Gambling is regressive with poorer people losing relatively more of their income on gambling. It's a reversal of the Robin Hood principle. Poorer people lose more and their losses (gambling operator's profits) have a strong tendency to benefit wealthier communities."
http://www.voxy.co.nz / 14 May, 2010

INDONESIAN COPS REITERATE WARNING ON WORLD CUP BETTING
Indonesia - police arrested a suspect for allegedly operating two illegal gambling sites generating up to Rp 500 million ($55 500) daily.
http://www.recentpoker.com / 5/10/10

Internet gambling entrepreneur murders wife after reading text from lover
UK - An internet gambling entrepreneur stabbed his wife to death Miss Pleguezuelos, who was described as "hard working, bubbly and independent" was due to start work as a communications director for a slot machine manufacturer in America. The pair had lived together for a number of years before they married in 2008 in London. Mr Jafferjee said: "The defendant was a CEO of an online gaming business and had run up considerable debts. It became a cause of strain in their marriage.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk / The Telegraph / By Laura Roberts / 10 May 2010

Man charged after allegedly stealing red Ferrari from Crown casino
Australia - A MAN has been charged with theft after he allegedly stole a Ferrari from Crown casino. Sgt Thorn said the owner would be reunited with his car shortly.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au / Herald Sun / May 14, 2010

Man fined for casino theft
Singapore - A MACHINE operator will serve four weeks' jail after he could not pay the $4,000 fine yesterday for stealing two $1,000 cash chips from a man at a baccarat table at the casino in Resorts World Sentosa
http://www.straitstimes.com / The Straits Times / May 11, 2010

Online Gambling Exec Stabbed Wife To Death
UK - The Spanish-born Pleguezuelos had told him a week before her death that she was leaving him and "starting afresh" in Las Vegas after meeting a new man and finding a new job,"The defendant was a CEO of an online gaming business and had run up considerable debts. It became a cause of strain in their marriage.
http://www.gambling911.com / Gambling911.com / Alistair Prescott / May 10, 2010

Post office worker stole more than £20k from a Leicestershire branch.
UK - A Post Office worker stole more than £20,000 from his employer to fund a gambling addiction.
http://www.sundaymercury.net / Sunday Mercury / by Rebekah Oruye / May 9 2010

Priest 'stole' money for sex
Belarus
http://www.iol.co.za / May 11 2010

Russian gamblers trickle into Azov
Russia - It takes a bumpy, three-hour drive along crumbling roads to travel from the nearest city to this lonely outpost in the middle of a barren field. Russian gamblers last year were shocked, shocked to find out that gambling would no longer be legal in most of the country.It also put an abrupt end to a culture of entertainment and excess embraced by the country's oligarchs and high-rollers. (There are signs that illegal gambling is flourishing, however: a large underground casino was closed down in Moscow earlier this year, and as many as 40 criminal cases connected to other operations are pending in Moscow alone.) (A Krasnodar lawmaker and his driver were killed in a late-night crash after visiting the Oracle (casino) for its opening-night gala.)
http://www.atimes.com / By Kevin O'Flynn / 5-13-10

SLIPPERY SOCRATOUS: Gambling addict s not-so-excellent adventures hit error-filled front-page of Fairfax local press
Canada - The sacked ex-councillor was accused in state Parliament of having a gamblingThe former party member and factional operative is thought to be desperately looking for money after revelations in Parliament that he had a gambling addiction. suggestions that Socratous had been involved in financial irregularities. While the Ombudsman s report (into Brimbank) has not led to any substantive legal action, it has led to the dismissal of the council Meanwhile, the ex-councillor Socratous has a big problem. He has been referred to the authorities for investigation on a range of matters.Friends he made over a decade believe he has betrayed them and are saddened that he appears to have been financially motivated.
http://www.vexnews.com / By VEXNEWS / May 14, 2010

Sport and gambling united against cheating
UK - Gambling on sport can now be done at the touch of a computer button Sport and gambling have been in the headlines in the recent months, with various allegations about match-fixing in snooker. Only last month, the eight-year ban from European competition imposed by Uefa on Macedonian club FK Pobeda for match-fixing was upheld. "There is an awful lot of money sloshing around football, and where you have a lot of money you can have a lot of crime,"Mr Johnson's job involves upholding the integrity of football at all levels in England, as well as educating players about issues such as gambling. But he points out that corruption caused by gambling in sport is nothing new, pointing to the case of the the Chicago White Sox baseball team of 1919. Eight of the team, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, wereaccused of taking money from gamblers to throw the World Series. "We have to accept that where money is involved, there will be always be someone looking to cheat - we have to make sure they are caught," says Mr Scotney.
http://news.bbc.co.uk / BBC News / By Bill Wilson / 9 May 2010

Suburban father admits to slaying family
Denmark - A man from Greve slashed the throats of his wife and two daughters before trying to commit suicide the man had driven his car at full speed into a parked truck. The man had suffered a number of injuries but survived. However, rescuers also made the grim discovery of the body of his 12-year-old daughter with her throat slit in the car.According to the prosecutor, the man listed stress, depression and gambling as some of the reasons for his actions.
http://www.cphpost.dk / KR News / 10 May 2010

Treasurer jailed for charity thefts
UK - A SCARBOROUGH pensioner has been jailed after admitting stealing from two charities for which he had acted as treasurer. mounting debts and a gambling addiction had led the pensioner to transfer monies from the charities into his own bank account.
http://www.scarborougheveningnews.co.uk / By Unknown / 10 May 2010

Town house was used to produce drugs
UK - THREE HOUSESwere revealed as cannabis (drug) factoriesLewis, 25, was jailed for 16 months after admitting eight charges of fraud. He committed the offences by using a licence lost by Mr Jack Bromfield.Lewis had a gambling habit, He had been loaned £100 in a casino by a Vietnamese man and had lost it. His way out was to rent property with the driving licence provided by the Vienamese.he was making a contribution to a significant criminal operation.
http://www.bromsgrovestandard.co.uk / 5-11-2010

UK Gambling Sites Respecting French Gambling law
UK - Two major British internet gambling firms are keeping their options open on a newly liberalised French online gambling market, but in the meantime are showing respect for French law by refusing to accept action from gamblers in that country. Sportingbet has announced that its online poker sitewill no longer accept players from France and Italy due to recent regulatory changes in those countries.
http://www.recentpoker.com / 5/15/10

Woman stole to nurse addiction
Australia - A NURSING assistant with a severe gambling addiction was so desperate for cash she stole from a 90-year-old residentcashing $4,600 in cheques she had made out to herself, forging the man s name. Clearly it was the severe gambling addiction that led you to steal, 
http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au / 15th May 2010