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The Gambling911.com Crime Blog: Man Stabbed in Back With Scissors at Gambling House (Watch)

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Jagajeet Chiba
Published on:
Jan/21/2020

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Man Stabbed in Back With Scissors at Gambling House (Watch)

(January 21, 2020) - A man was stabbed in the back with a pair of scissors inside an illegal gambling venue in Brooklyn.  It happened around 1:40 a.m. last Thursday near 53rd Street and 8th Avenue in Sunset Park.  Police said they’re now searching for a shirtless man seen on video holding the weapon.

Former Palermo Player Facing 3 Years Behind Bars for Mafia Connections

(January 9, 2020) - Former Palermo striker, Fabrizio Miccoli, is accused of having Mafia ties and is now facing up to three-and-a-half years behind bars for extortion aggravated by mafia methods.

The former top flight player "is accused of having asked Mauro Lauricella, son of Nino, a mobster from the Kalsa district, to ask the businessman Andrea Graffagnini for the return of twenty thousand euros on behalf of his friend Giorgio Gasparini. The money was the result of the sale of the Paparazzi discotheque in Isola delle Femmine ".

Man Sentenced to 13 Years in State Prison for Armed Robbery at Darren Elias' Home

(January 4, 2020) - An armed robber is facing a 13 year stretch in a state prison after breaking into the New Jersey home of poker player Darren Elias. The high stakes star was out at the time of the robbery but a 19-year-old babysitter was looking after his two-year-old child.

Shannon M. Soroka, 25, is accused of holding a gun to the babysitter’s head and demanding to know where Elias kept his money.

Soroka was charged Friday with robbery, aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, unlawful possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and related offenses.

It was revealed during the trial that Soroko, also a poke player, had amassed serious debts totalling tens of thousands of dollars through gambling and drug use.

11 Indicted Tied to Ohio Bookie Biz, Pay Per Head

(December 20, 2019) - 11 individuals tied to a Cleveland-area bookmaking business were indicted by a grand jury on Thursday.

The indictment handed up Wednesday said bookies worked with clients to take bets. The indictment does not specify the size of the operation, though there are references to multiple instances where thousands of dollars changed hands. The U.S. Attorney’s Office previously said one of the defendants handled at least $500,000.

The defendants in Ohio include Clinton Reider, Thomas Reed, James Ovens, Michael Tutolo, Maurey Presser, Alan Bambic and Ralph Robertson. Also indicted were Amir Hugh Robinson of Florida and Anthony Pinialis of Nevada.

The site primarily utilized by the defendants was 1redzonebet.com (now offline). 

Federal prosecutors made the investigation public in August, when they sought the forfeiture of Reider’s house in Mentor-on-the-Lake. They said at the time that Reider, 41, worked as a bookie, used offshore websites to take bids from clients and ran poker games at several locations. Among the people he worked with was an unnamed former professional baseball player, the complaint said.

Penn State Casino Director Stole $75K In Gift Cards

(December 16, 2019) - A Collegeville woman and benefits director at Penn National Gaming stole hundreds of $25 and $50 gift cards intended as employee prizes: DA.

Denise M. Bitler, 56, faces numerous charges for the crimes, committed while employed with the casino operator from Oct. 2014 to June 2019.

Penn National Gaming, headquartered in Wyomissing in Berks County, runs 43 gaming and racing facilities across 19 states.

Bitler was in charge of running a "wellness" program at the company.

The DA said that Bitler kept the pre-paid gift cards inside her office and, throughout 2018 and 2019, used hundreds of them for her own personal use, including on vacations, medical bills, and retail purchases.

Source: Patch

Notorious Cleveland Gangster Shondor Birn's Wild Life, Explosive Death

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Poker Player Charged With Child Sex Abuse Asks for New Judge

(December 14, 2019) - Real Grinders founder Raymond Davis has requested a new judge in his case involving child abuse.  Davis denies the allegations.  He was arrested earlier this year.  The warrant was issued three years prior.

Davis is due to stand trial on nine charges of sex crimes against children, allegedly paying underage females for oral sex and to watch them shower while he masturbated.

Davis made his request without his lawyer being present.

Judge Linda Bell stated:

“Sir, I really don’t think that’s a good idea without your lawyer being here”, but Davis insisted “… I know what I’m doing”, according to press reports of the exchange.

Davis had previously accused prosecutors and another judge of bias.

PokerHost reports that earlier court outbursts saw his bail raised from $25,000 to $500,000 – with ‘house arrest’ and ‘high-level monitoring’ included in the conditions.

Peter Jepsen Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

(December 10, 2019) - Peter Jepsen was accused of a six year long cheating spree that involved installing trojan horse viruses onto other player’s computers. It was thought that he recruited partners who would install the malware onto laptops in hotel rooms while playing at high-profile events such as the EPT.  More From PokerTube.com

Poker Player Pleads Guilty in Scam

(December 3, 2019) - Michael Borovetz has plead guilty to a single charge of theft.

Borovetz is said to have scammed people for years.

The 43-year-old from Pittsburgh is accused of taking advantage of unsuspecting travelers at Newark Airport.   He did the same at Charlotte Douglas Airport.  He would lie to passengers, telling them he was stranded and needed money for a hotel room.

Maltese PM to Step Down After Arrest of Man Tied to Journalist Murder

(December 3, 2019) - Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has bowed to mounting popular pressure and announced his plans to resign in the new year. The embattled premier, beset with questions about the unsolved murder of an investigative journalist, answered by voicing his "deep regret" over the incident in a televised address Sunday evening.

The announcement caps weeks of escalating criticism of Muscat and his government over their response to the 2017 car bomb killing of reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia. The investigative journalist had been known widely in Malta for her dogged pursuit of government corruption — quite a bit of which she unearthed by carefully perusing the massive Panama Papers leak, which has revealed a slew of inappropriate financial moves by politicians around the world.  An explosive device blew up her car while she was in it killing Galizia instantly.

Police recently arrested Yorgen Fenech in connection to the case.  The 38-year-old gambling and real estate magnate whose business activities have been linked to members of Muscat's inner circle.

Police recently arrested Yorgen Fenech in connection to the case.  The 38-year-old gambling and real estate magnate whose business activities have been linked to members of Muscat's inner circle.

Fenech is a director and co-owner of a business group that won a large energy concession from the Maltese state.

RealGrinders Founder Raymond Davis Claims Innocence In Child Sex Case

(December 2, 2019) - RealGrinders poker site founder Raymond Davis says he is innocent of any wrongdoing as he faces up to 35 years in prison on sexual abuse charges of a minor.

The 52-year-old from California is accused of paying an underage child to give him oral sex in 2014.  He was arrested this year and remains behind bars.

“I have never, never in my life, paid a girl, underage woman, girl for sex,” he insisted.

Police first filed a warrant against Davis two-and-a-half-years ago.

Davis questioned law enforcement moving so slowly.  He was only arrested after an unrelated traffic stop.

“They never made an effort to come to my house. They never came to my store. I’m very high profile; anybody, a 10-year-old Boy Scout can find me.

"I got a big following. I’m on social media. My whereabouts is there. I got a custom red Camaro, my name on it, my business RG on it.”

Betway Reportedly Allowed Customer to Bet £370,000 of stolen cash

(November 25, 2019) - Betway is reportedly under investigation for allowing a customer to gamble with £370,000 of stolen cash.

The UK Gambling Commission is investigating whether Betway was lax in allowing Ben Jones, 30, to afford the sums he was gambling with.  The money was stolen from the Cake Decorating Co, where he worked as a manager.

A court has already decided that Ben suffered from a “psychiatric disorder” brought on from his gambling addiction.

It is alleged that Ben had been draining his employer for over three and a half years out of £30,000 a month, most of which he gambled away.

In addition to the Commission probe, Ben's former employer also plans to sue Betway.

 

Former Boss of Illegal Ottawa Gambling Ring Target of Shooting

 

Ottawa police say there’s “no danger to the public” after a man was taken to hospital in critical condition after suffering gunshot wounds in an incident near the intersection of Meadowlands Drive and Merivale Road.

Benedetto “Benny” Manasseri had just finished an early morning workout when he was shot at close range as he got into his white Chevy pick-up in the parking lot of a high-end Meadowlands gym.

An assailant, who knew Manasseri would be there, approached and fired bullets through the driver’s side window. Manasseri, an Ottawa business man with long-standing ties to organized crime, was shot in the chest. He was rushed to hospital and into surgery. He remains in critical condition while police investigate the targeted attempted hit on his life.

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Two Arrested Following Casino Embezzlement Probe

(November 19, 2019) - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Monday the arrest of two individuals in an alleged embezzlement scheme at Red Hawk Tribal Casino in Placerville, California involving more than $200,000.

Luc Mooc and Prak Pich were arrested last Thursday following a probe by the state’s Bureau of Gambling Control and casino surveillance staff.

“Pich, a floor manager at the casino, would allegedly extend credit lines to Mooc, a casino patron, and then falsify documents to make it appear as if the credit line had been paid back,” Becerra’s office said. “These short term, no-interest credit lines are commonly extended by casinos to allow approved patrons easy access to gambling funds with the understanding that the temporary loan would be repaid within a short period of time.

“However, instead of paying back the loans, Mooc and Pich allegedly conspired to steal the funds that would range anywhere from $12,000 to $14,000 at a time.”

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Casino Director Arrested for Destroying Casino Property

November 18, 2019 - (AP) - Springfield’s Communication Director, Marian Sullivan, has been suspended after she was arrested for damaging property at the MGM Springfield Casino in Massachusetts. Sullivan has been charged with destruction of property.

According to a report from the Republican newspaper, Marian Sullivan was arrested at the downtown casino around 3 a.m. Sunday.

The police have said that she damaged property at the gambling facility and restaurant and also vandalized cars in a parking garage. A police spokesman has also said that she appeared to be intoxicated.

The associated press reports that Mayor Domenic J. Sarno was “shocked and very disturbed” by the arrest. He said he’s hopeful Sullivan “will seek the help that she seems to need.”

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno also confirmed that Sullivan will remain suspended until the case makes its way through the court proceedings. He did decline to answer further questions of the reporters.

MGM which is planning to tap into new markets is on an asset off-loading spree and according to the reports, the casino and hospitality giant is planning to sell its Springfield casino property.

MGM has already announced the sale of its Bellagio Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas strip, for $4.25 billion.

MGM incurred a net loss of $37m during the third quarter2019. For the same period the previous year, MGM had reported a profit of $143m.

Lucchese Mobster Didn’t Plot Prison Break — Just Had Lots of Sheets

“People have sheets,” attorney John Meringolo said of the 17 bed sheets found wadded under Christopher Londonio’s bunk in his eighth-floor cell of the Metropolitan Detention Center in 2017. “I submit to you, bed sheets in his room, that’s not gonna cut it.”

A jailhouse snitch testified that Londonio’s elaborate plan involved cutting through the window with braided dental floss, severing bars with a hacksaw smuggled in by a priest, and a crash diet in which he binged on bran.

Once the 350 pound wiseguy could fit out the window, he allegedly intended to climb down the knotted sheets to the parking lot below.

“Where’s the hacksaw, where’s the dental floss, where’s the priest?” Meringolo asked Tuesday, before decrying the idea that his client dropped pounds to fit out a window.

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CS:GO Money Laundering Shut Down by Game Publisher Valve Corp

(November 6, 2019) - Counter Strike: Global Offensive publisher Valve Corporation said this week it pulled the plug on money-laundering activity taking place via its microtransaction system.

The company admitted through a statement that criminals were “liquidating gains” through the trading of digital keys that are used in CS:GO to open loot-boxes.

The amount laundered was not immediately known, however, some hundreds of thousands of boxes and keys were sold through the Steam store.  Most keys and boxes sell for a few dollars.

From eSportsJunkie:

Many fraudsters have previously match-fixed their CSGO betting games in order to make large amounts of fraudulent profit.

The thieves used the loot collecting mechanisms of the game, which allows players to exchange their keys and receive real cash prizes.

Valve said that the game has been patched to stop keys being exchanged online.

Until recently, Valve said that keys were usually traded among real players. But it changed now as a game was targeted by fraudsters.

“At this point, nearly all key purchases that end up being traded or sold on the marketplace are believed to be fraud-sourced,” a company spokesperson confirmed.

Keys are now attached to a player’s account so that they can not be transferred.

Woman Who Rammed RV Into Vegas Casino Was Trespassed

(October 29, 2019) - A woman accused of driving a motor home into the Cannery Casino in North Las Vegas, critically injuring an employee, said she did it because she was owed money and had been trespassed from the property.

Jennifer Stitt, 50, remained jailed today on a count of attempted murder at the Las Vegas city jail, records show. Bail was set at $100,000.

Stitt was captured on video driving through the valet area about 5:15 a.m. Friday and abruptly turning into the breezeway entrance, North Las Vegas Police said.

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Time's Up for Duo Accused of Drugging Man in Casino?

(October 25, 2019) - Two women accused of slipping a mickey into a man's drink while he played at the slot machines and steeling his multi-thousand dollar Rolex may finally be captured after the two were profiled on Friday night's episode of Live PD.

Both women had their faces clearly shown during the segment and LivePD Nation is now spreadking the word.

The incident occurred at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Tallahassee Police Arrest 10 People in Ongoing Gambling Raids

(October 24, 2019) - The Tallahassee Police Department arrested 10 people over the past few weeks on charges they were involved in illegal gambling houses.

The arrests come as part of an ongoing crackdown by TPD and the Leon County Sheriff's Office on alleged gambling operations and so-called internet cafes following armed robberies in two establishments.

During one of the robberies, on April 26, a man opened fire inside the Arcade Center, 1889 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. No one was injured in the shooting and a suspect was later arrested. Six search warrants were served after the shooting and the establishments closed.  Read More Here

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- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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