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Nearly a month later, the death is still under investigation. Domenic Grosso, a criminal-defense lawyer in Boca Raton, says he has pleaded with the Seminole Police Department for answers, but has gotten nowhere.
She enjoyed taking gambling trips Man pleads guilty to racketeering. FL - Despondent, Steinberg racked up thousands of dollars in gambling debts, betting on the sports he could no longer play, and got involved with the wrong people, his father said.
On Friday, Steinberg, 31, pleaded guilty in Fort Lauderdale federal court to racketeering conspiracy for engaging in a pattern of criminal activity as an associate of the Genovese crime family. Naples attorney Richard Treiser, who represents Pinnacle, said an examination of credit card accounts tied to the Hughens show substantial charges at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. First prostitution arrest reported at slots casino in Hallandale. Kline, of Linden, Va. FL - The woman in charge of paying the Convention and Visitors Bureau's bills was draining its bank account to feed a gambling habit.
She wrote herself blank checks and skipped payments on payroll taxes. Duffer's attorney said Duffer stole from the bureau to cover for a gambling problem. Accountant to look at convention bureau books. FL - Donna M. Duffer, the bureau's former controller, has been accused of stealing thousands to finance her gambling problem.
Last week, bureau officials said Duffer admitted to forging signatures on checks she wrote to herself. PBC employee fired for stealing tax money.
Skimming cases are blamed on lax accounting. Guinan and Skehan are alleged to have used church funds to pay for their lovers' credit card bills as well as real estate, travel and gambling. Angry gambler plows his truck into Miccosukee casino's glass doors. Three former PBSJ employees pleaded guilty to fraud. Licata used her share of the stolen funds to purchase real estate in Florida and Nicaragua, so as to engage in high-dollar gambling activities, according to the release.
Priests stole millions from parish, police say. Two Roman Catholic priests stole millions in offerings made to their parish over several years, authorities said Thursday. He is alleged to have stolen an unspecified amount of money to take gambling trips. Ex-Chief Financial Officer W.
Scott DeLoach and two former underlings also cited in the investigation, Maria Garcia and Rosario Licata, waived indictment Monday in federal court. Their lawyers said they will plead guilty, possibly by the end of the week. The scheme, according to court documents: DeLoach, Garcia and Licata issued company checks to themselves and funneled money from the company's healthcare-benefit fund into secret bank accounts under their control.
The trio used the proceeds to ''fund lavish lifestyles,'' according to the documents. Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest in rape of Hard Rock employee. Ricardo Guillaume, 27, of Miami, is being held without bail on charges of attempted murder and sexual battery after being arrested Sunday night.
Casino winner loses to armed robber. The casino winner woke up on the floor of the motel room with his shorts missing and his money gone. Abramoff to testify in Florida murder case. Jury hears testimony on doctor's gambling trips. FL - Luyao's attorney, Joel Hirschhorn, said the evidence is weak and irrelevant to the charges for which she's being tried: Prosecutors say gambling habit fueled Luyao's alleged crimes. Asuncion Luyao was by no means a "high roller," but prosecutors say her frequent trips to a casino cruise ship were a motive behind her alleged crimes.
The year-old Port St. Lucie physician is being retried on charges of racketeering, trafficking in oxycodone and manslaughter after a hung jury resulted in a mistrial in her first case in June. One thing led to another, and the two, a teacher and student at the very same school, were allegedly swept into a sexual relationship that lasted six months.
Abramoff pleads guilty to bank fraud charges. By any name, lobbyists are. FL - Before Abramoff ran into trouble for allegedly buying Florida's fleet of SunCruz casino boats with money he didn't have, he tapped into casino proceeds from SunCruz and his Indian tribe clients and sent the money to members of Congress -- from both parties.
He directed campaign contributions to his congressional toadies and took them golfing in Scotland. He set their staffers up on SunCruz gambling junkets. He sent casino money to anti-gambling Christian crusaders, knowing that religious principles don't count for much in the new www.
Businessman pleads no contest to charges. He traveled to Las Vegas to gamble Ex-store employee charged with theft. Is accused of writing checks to himself and using a company credit card to withdraw cash at gambling casinos McCain puts ex-official on hot seat.
DC - Abramoff was indicted in Florida earlier this year on federal wire- and mail-fraud charges stemming from his acquisition of a casino-boat chain. He remains under investigation in the District of Columbia by a federal criminal task force.
GOP picks up tab. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport on July 12 and whisked the four lawmakers to its company headquarters in Canada. Magna is eager to install slot machines at Gulfstream, its thoroughbred track in Broward County. Con artists use lottery jackpot ruse to bilk elderly Pines woman. FL - Police are asking for help finding two cons who tricked a year-old woman out of a large bundle of money. The thieves convinced the elderly woman that they had a winning lottery ticket that they needed helped cashing.
She enjoyed taking gambling trips. FL - Three security guards aboard the Sterling Casino Lines cruise ship were supposed to be keeping an eye out for burglars while the ship was docked overnight at Port Canaveral. Gamblers seek to acquire assets of illegal sports betting operation. IRS cites problems with use of tribal gaming revenues. FL - The Internal Revenue Service is signaling concerns about the way tribal governments use gaming revenues as a Senate committee on Tuesday opened hearings on tax abuse.
The IRS is already scrutinizing tribes for using tax-exempt bonds to finance casino and hotel projects. Now, the head of the IRS has identified other "problems" in a sector that includes tribes and charities that are normally granted tax exemptions. Man charged in card-game death. FL - Gadsden County sheriff's investigators charged a Sawdust man late Thursday in this week's killing of another man for his card-game winnings.
FL - A year after the Seminoles' casino was reborn with a new complex and new name, the Tampa facility is a financial success for the tribe. However, the economic impact for the Greater Tampa area is harder to assess. The casino complex pays no property or state taxes because it is exempt. It isn't required to pay the hotel tax designed to help local tourism efforts, although it donates a sum as a goodwill gesture. Although the casino has almost quadrupled the number of jobs it offers, most are secondary labor positions that pay middle to low wages typical of the tourism industry.
Casino jobs usually fall into the secondary labor market because they offer little pay and little long-term opportunities to build careers, said James Gerstein, a research associate at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, who has studied the economic impact of casinos on communities.
But it's not all good news for the casinos. Instead, a financial team lead by the Cordish Co. Dozens of felons now working at parimutuels. FL - Among those who already have jobs at the state's dog and horse tracks and jai-alai frontons are dozens of felons whose convictions include manslaughter, racketeering, battery, strong-arm robbery, cocaine trafficking, lewd assault on a minor and illegal gambling.
Under Florida law, felons are not permitted to work at gambling facilities but can apply for a waiver from the state's Department of Business and Professional Regulation's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. A review of state records going back to suggests it is not very hard to gain such a waiver. Broward labor boss gets 6-year jail term for labor racketeering. Browne to nearly six years in prison on Friday, ending the career of a smooth negotiator who was one of the county's most influential powerbrokers.
The judge expressed sympathy for Devaney, imposing a sentence nearly a year shorter than the recommended term. Her lawyer, Michael Caruso, said during the trial that she became depressed during an abusive marriage, became addicted to alcohol and embezzled money from the union to pay off gambling debts.
Pair preyed on gamblers. In desperation, the unidentified borrower went to authorities for help, setting off a six-month federal and state investigation, "Operation Stingray," that led to breakup of a loan sharking and bookmaking ring.
If they didn't pay, Krisa implied threats to a borrower's family, such as "letting the dogs loose," Nugent said. Gambino crime family recruiter nears trial in Miami. FL - The Miami trial will include the testimony of several former mobsters who are cooperating with the government.
It promises to complete the latest chapter in the decades-old history of South Florida's draw for the mob. The region is considered open territory for mobsters attracted by the beaches, the bars, the horse racing, the gambling and seemingly limitless ways to make an easy buck. Bank heist suspect fingered at poker table was Hollywood man.
FL - A Hollywood man was willing to bet that he got away with robbing a bank, but his luck ran out at the poker table. Investigators said Mark Cherico was arrested minutes after he robbed a Washington Mutual, shed a layer of clothes in a parking lot and headed across the street to Dania Jai-Alai for a few hands of poker Saturday.
Tampa man linked to crime family. FL - TAMPA - In a case that recalled Tampa's underworld past, federal authorities announced Tuesday the arrest of six men accused in a conspiracy involving murder, robbery, extortion and the Gambino crime family.
The six men listed in the charges include the grandson of a Tampa man once convicted of involvement in the city's illegal gambling rackets.
The conspiracy involved a broad range of criminal acts, including armed robbery of individuals and businesses, armed home invasions, drug trafficking, extortion and the collection of unlawful gambling debts, the indictment said. Suit claims invalid signatures tainted Fla. After trailing by narrow margins for two days, the "yes" votes suddenly vaulted to a 93,vote victory on Nov. Most of the 93,vote margin is attributed to a reported undercount of absentee ballots in Broward County.
Of 78, absentees, 74, reportedly favored the initiative. Among the suit's claims: The names of 33 dead people were included in documents submitted to place the issue before the voters. After the pro-gambling Floridians for a Level Playing Field group also named as a defendant submitted signed petitions on July 23, the plaintiffs say a New York research firm conducted an extensive survey and found: The lawsuit notes that more than , valid signatures were required to place the constitutional amendment on the ballot.
Although FLPF submitted nearly , signatures, the suit says because of invalid signatures the group failed to meet the legal requirements. Also cited in the lawsuit are June reports in the Pensacola News Journal that ARNO employees had been charged with forgery in other, past elections for allegedly collecting valid signatures on one petition and transferring them to another.
In court Thursday, Flemmi admitted helping plan the killing and aiding trigger man John Martorano, who pleaded guilty in May Rico was arrested Oct. Two Bodies Found in Florida Casino. FL - "Housekeepers found the bodies of two people inside a hotel room at Hollywood Casino Not so 'friendly' Judge hands bank robber 20 years.
Eddy sentenced Mark Anthony King, who was convicted last month on six counts for a string of bank robberies throughout Florida, to 20 years in prison. King admitted robbing six banks in Central Florida between October and March But he blamed a gambling addiction for the robberies Casino-boat fugitive could be hiding here. Maybe they should look in South Florida, where he had lobbyists on the payroll, politicians in his pocket and cozy connections in county government.
Alpha's gambling enterprises Tollman's company had already sailed into problems in other states before they were given dockage and a sweet deal at Haulover. In , the Indiana Gambling Commission, noting Alpha's debts, lawsuits, unpaid taxes and a ''slippery eel'' evasiveness, refused to allow the company to operate on Indiana waters.
In , the Mississippi Gambling Commission raided and padlocked an Alpha casino boat operation. But he mayor found this casino deal, dependent on Alpha's good-faith bookkeeping, an utter sham. No revenue agents to check the books,'' Novack said.
Broward detention deputy fired; pawned gun for gambling cash. FL - A Broward County detention deputy was fired after an investigation showed she pawned her service revolver to help cover gambling debts, officials said.
Park Place involved in inquiry. Fl - Park Place Entertainment Corp. Susumu Kajiyama, the so-called "Emperor of Loan Sharks" in Japan who was arrested Thursday and charged with organized crimes involving leading Las Vegas casinos, maintained accounts with Caesars Palace's foreign agent in Tokyo, Park Place last week was also involved in an Orlando, Fla.
Man pleads guilty to bilking casino boat investors. Gambling empire gifts investigated. The punishment for not paying taxes varies depending on whether it is a criminal or civil issue, Dobzinski said. Tribal leaders admittedly paid little or none of the federally required taxes on the gifts, which included luxury cars and cosmetic surgery. At the same time, three federal agencies are raising questions about the tribe's contract to build its Coconut Creek casino, a deal regulators said is so lopsided against the Seminoles it might not be legal.
FL - A notorious scammer and sometimes lawyer involved in questionable Orlando-area financial deals for a decade was sentenced in a Wisconsin court Friday to five years in prison for his role in a felony gambling and money-laundering conspiracy. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States. He was convicted in June after having been held without bail since his arrest in Chicago last October.
Trainer accused of doping greyhound has license restored. FL - A Bonita Springs greyhound trainer accused of failing to prevent a dog from ingesting a cocaine derivative before a race had his license restored last month, angering greyhound protection advocates.
Developer behind project built fortune with controversy. A new set of partners came in and worked out a deal with the tribe to build the casino: The tribe would pay the shareholders 35 percent of its revenue over a decade. But officials at the National Indian Gaming Commission, which regulates Indian casinos, said the arrangement was "a bad deal" for the tribe - so much so that it violated the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.