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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gambling Addict embezzled $247K from Non-Profit

Remember that CASINOS have your financial information...Casinos know you're GAMBLING with more $$$$ than you have.

Records: Woman who stole $247K from TCAT was addicted to gambling

(Related: Inside the unravelling of woman’s TCAT embezzlement scheme.)

‘It’s been very painful’

Gambling problem

$1.7 MILLION Embezzled for ADDICTION

Dennehy, 41, pleaded guilty to a single count of bank fraud, admitting he forged numerous company checks over six years. Confronted with forged checks and explicit images of his torrid encounters, Dennehy agreed to plead guilty before the FBI and federal prosecutors took his case to a grand jury for…

Of the $1.7 million that Bexar Waste employee Michael Dennehy embezzled from the company, most of it went to escorts and gambling, he admitted Wednesday in federal court.

His admission appears to have set the unofficial record in San Antonio held by defendants who spent ill-gotten gains on prostitutes or strippers, some observers have noted. Dennehy, 41, pleaded guilty to a single count of bank fraud, admitting that he forged numerous company checks over six years.

Defense attorney Alan Brown said his client, who is married with five children, succumbed to urges he could not control.

“He did spend it on gambling and on escort services, as the (feds) allege,” Brown said. “I think those are big addictions. He feels remorse and wants to make amends for it.”

Confronted with forged checks and explicit images of his torrid encounters, Dennehy agreed to plead guilty before the FBI and federal prosecutors took his case to a grand jury for indictment, records show. He faces a maximum of 30 years in federal prison when Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra sentences him March 9.

An FBI affidavit said Bexar Waste hired Dennehy in 2004 as a truck stocker and recycler. In 2008, he was promoted to a position managing accounts payable and began writing checks to himself of $1,200 to $1,800, depositing them into his personal bank accounts, the affidavit said. He also wrote company checks to pay his American Express bills and began stealing larger amounts of money as time went on, the affidavit said.

He used a stamp to forge authorized signatures on the checks and changed the name of the payees in QuickBooks to conceal that the money had gone to him, the affidavit said. The fraud was not detected until this past August, the affidavit said.

Dennehy’s spending spree eclipsed that of Todd C. Seward, who pleaded guilty Nov. 19 to bank fraud and identity theft and admitted that he spent most of the $400,000 he embezzled from a former employer on strippers.

When Dennehy is sentenced, he likely will be ordered to pay restitution — a tall order given his current work. He’s a self-employed house cleaner.

“He’s trying his best, but it’s hard to get back what you spent at casinos and (on) women,” Brown said.

Pretending to Police Gambling Addiction

When Harrah's [now Caesars] discovered under Gary Loveman's brilliant guidance determined that 90% of their revenues came from 10% of their patrons, Harrah's targeted, marketed, comped and pursued that 10%.
That's Gambling Addiction without which the Gambling Industry could not survive.

Massachusetts ‘Gaming’ Future
Is Rep. Gingrich saying our legislators and the (PGCB) Pa. Gaming Control Board is policing the compulsive gambling problem in our casinos, if so, where’s the proof. I would like her to give me one thing any of them have done that addresses this problem. The only legislation that has been put forth since our Gaming Law passed in 2004 that addresses this problem is Casino Monthly Statements. The reason it hasn’t passed in the last four sessions is because our casino operators/lobbyists have made our lawmakers well aware of the ill-effect these statements will have on the casinos bottom line and that will have a negative effect on state gaming tax coffers.
The Morning Call - December 14, 2014 - Survey says: Taxes will rise under Wolf
Nearly one-half of those polled support legalizing online gaming to raise money for the state. No legislation is pending to allow online gaming, but the idea is being floated, said state Rep. Mauree Gingrich, R-Lebanon County, chairwoman of the House Committee on Gaming Oversight.
"Discussion is occurring as a result of the consumer support and the commonwealth's budget revenue challenges," she said.
"While convenience is a key element, the persistent challenge of gambling addiction and abuse may well be magnified since the ability to police the gaming process will be completely different and more complex," Gingrich said.

Casinos ‘BREED’ gambling degenerates who become criminals.

Massachusetts ‘GAMING’ Future
Casinos ‘BREED’ gambling degenerates who become criminals.
Associated Press - December 15, 2014 - DA: Fired Pittsburgh-area mall manager stole $51K
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (AP) — The fired manager of a Pittsburgh-area mall has been charged with stealing more than $51,000 which he then spent mostly at casinos.
Online court records don't list an attorney for 51-year-old John Sabino, of Wexford, who also doesn't have a listed phone.
The Allegheny County district attorney's office on Monday announced that Sabino was charged with theft and surrendered last week.
According to a criminal complaint, Sabino had checks made out to himself for events scheduled at the Century III Mall in West Mifflin. Investigators say the events either never occurred or that vendors who put on the events were paid directly and not through Sabino. He was fired in August when the money was found to be missing.
The DA says Sabino deposited the checks in his bank account and withdraw it at casino ATMs.

The PA Hoax

Promises! Promises!

It's a sad commentary when Massachusetts voters believed the same propaganda that failed elsewhere.....

Doesn't this sound like the Massachusetts Gambling Commission?

the PA Gambling Commission " ....spent excessively on travel, did not initially investigate new employees thoroughly enough ....."

Massachusetts ‘GAMING’ Future
This is what happened to Gov. Rendell and the other Pa. pro-casino legislators’ promise back in 2004 of eliminating property tax with Pennsylvanians casino losses? And their promise to save the horse racing industry was a joke. The only way they could have done that back then and in today’s casino gambling world, would be for them to go to a Ben-Hur theme, with chariots, whips, swards, and spears. Go to any horse racing track in our country and you will see very few patrons under the age of fifty. The new generation of gamblers those under the age of fifty along with those over the age of fifty who have been introduced to casino gambling don’t have the patience to wait for a horse to run around in a circle to get their fix, they need it instantaneously, and that’s what casino gambling does. In other words, comparing horse racing gambling to casino gambling is like comparing marijuana to crack cocaine.
The Morning Call - December 18, 2014 - Auditor general to investigate if Pa. is getting enough tax relief from gambling
The state auditor general's office will audit the operations of the gaming control board next year with an eye on whether the promises of jobs and property tax cuts from gambling revenues panned out, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Tuesday.
The earlier audits found the gaming board did not award contracts for professional services publicly, spent excessively on travel, did not initially investigate new employees thoroughly enough and struggled with turf battles with other agencies over investigations.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Racinos were never about 'Saving Racing'

EASTERN PASSAGE: The big gamble

Russell Wangersky
Published on December 18, 2014
Red Shores, Charlottetown. File
Not fast: there are no track lights on. You can hear the rhythmic clop of the hooves out there, the harness making soft, rhythmic sounds — the horses occasionally chuckle.

The stables are quiet, with empty sulkies leaning against the wall, their long arms straight up like they’ve surrendered. Seven at night, full dark, an unseasonably warm November wind. It’s outside that strange concept, the racino. Racinos are supposed to help the failing harness business, the peculiar premise being that it’s OK to introduce casino gambling to a sport where there’s already racetrack gambling, like the two are bound to be complementary.

But here, no one but me is watching the horses. You can hear the jockeys talking as the two horses round the track, their voices moving as the horses travel, the horses and sulkies side by side, one man, one woman.

They talk to me when they pass, me only a standing shadow on the rail.

“How are you doin’?” the man calls.

“Hello,” the woman jockey says. The horses look over, their heads held straight but their big eyes cutting over as they pass through the light from the parking lot. The parking lot, with only a smatter of cars, so quiet that you can hear when a man spits in the distance. There’s a sliver of moon, so that you can see the rest of the lunar circle up there, lit only faintly.

Red Shores is a small casino — three blackjack tables, maybe five for poker. One blackjack table’s being used, and one poker table. Everyone knows everyone: one player is going back to work in Alberta at 2:30 a.m. — he’s gambling until he has to pack, unconcerned about the flow of money.

Dealers and staff keep coming over to ask him when he’s going back. That’s the first strange thing: it’s a first-name basis for everyone but me. There are three local doctors playing at the poker table — probably the best place on P.E.I. to choke on a french fry or have a heart attack. Better chances than the slots, anyway.

Maybe it’s different in summer, busier.

Right now, it’s everything that can be wrong with a casino.

Any government that wants to be in the casino business had better be thinking about just who’s going to play — and how to get people from outside their province to surrender cash. Casinos have been pitched in Newfoundland. Others operate in Halifax and Sydney, N.S., and in a highway-side bunker-like room near Moncton, N.B. There’s apparently a First Nations casino in Woodstock, N.B. — I’ve never seen that one. The rest seem to share the same patrons, the exact same sad, long-distance eyes.

The last time one was proposed in Newfoundland, bureaucrats were blunt in their review of the plan.
“…(It) is questionable whether any material fiscal or economic gains could be achieved, or whether they are worth any social policy trade-offs. Citing past practices in other jurisdictions where casinos have been established, the proponent concedes that a casino would attract few additional tourists to the province and that the majority of its patrons would be residents. … As gaming is largely a discretionary spending item, revenues generated by a casino may be offset by a reduction in Atlantic Lottery Commission revenues or from other expenditures.”

Has tithing the Charlottetown regulars saved the racetrack? Maybe. But only by recycling local dollars that would be spent anyway, the government happily taking its cut while arguing that casino gambling is just an innocent bit of fun, not an inescapable tax on the eternally hopeful.

The horses vanish into the dark again. One makes a typical sound with its lips, a wet and rubbery burble. Not a whicker, more derisive than that, almost dismissive.

Russell Wangersky is TC Media’s Atlantic Regional columnist. He can be reached at Hhis column appears on Tuesdays, Thursdays andSaturdays on this website.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

AGA Whines that Their PROPAGANDA isn't Respected, Steve Norton, Snake Oil Salesman Returns!

A comment was posted by "Steve Norton" in response to this article [posted below] would seem it's the very same Steve Norton of Atlantic City Fame who apparently never saw the underage gambling and much else. And is that the Steve Norton whose racino filed for bankruptcy to avoid its commitment?

On the right side is a list of categories. Click on Steve Norton to view some of his history.

Steve Norton has been a Snake Oil Salesman forever!

[Great Book BTW: "TEMPLES OF CHANCE How America Inc. Bought Out Murder Inc. to Win Control of the Casino Business" by David (Cay) Johnston. New Jersey closed its eyes to a great deal as long as the $$$ rolled in. As you know, David Cay Johnston has written extensively on financial/economic issues and his writing are well researched, heavily footnoted. Simply breathtaking! Ya wanna know how/why the NJ Gambling Commission ignored Trump's Money Laundering under Steve Perskie's Chairmanship? If that the same Steve Perskie that dazzled the Massachusetts Gambling Commission who were too lazy to conduct even a simple google search?]

American Gaming Association 'extremely disappointed' in Boston FBI agents saying casino gaming will increase public corruption in Massachusetts

Vincent Lisi
FBI Special Agent in Charge Vincent Lisi, head of the FBI's Boston office, takes questions from reporters during a news conference, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Boston. Lisi, whose office covers Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, said he's concerned the expansion of casino gambling might lead to an increase in public corruption and financial and organized crime. The American Gaming Association, which represents the gambling industry, said Lisi's concerns were off base but the group hopes they opens the door for a more constructive relationship with the FBI going forward. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (Steven Senne)
By Robert Rizzuto |
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on December 17, 2014 at 9:35 AM, updated December 18, 2014 at 7:29 AM

The American Gaming Association is taking issue with the FBI in Boston warning that the proliferation of casino gaming will bring renewed issues of public corruption and organized crime to Massachusetts.
At a press conference held on Monday in Boston, Special Agent Vincent Lisi said the expansion of casino gaming creates "fertile ground" for a slew of criminal problems, most notably public corruption cases as "you have a heavy amount of regulation, along with a lucrative business."
The AGA, a trade group representing the gambling industry, took issue with the FBI's assertions that Massachusetts licensing up to three casinos and a slots parlor will create such a public integrity crisis to necessitate it launching a "Stop Corruption Now" awareness campaign.
"As casino entertainment has expanded in a safe and beneficial manner to countless communities across the United States over the last twenty years, tired stereotypes of public corruption and organized crime have been proven false," said AGA President and CEO Geoff Freeman in a statement.
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"The American Gaming Association and our entire industry are committed to working with law enforcement to ensure the integrity of our product, the safety of our customers and the best interests of the communities in which we do business," he continued. "We hope these unfortunate comments will open the door to a more constructive dialogue and a lasting partnership with the FBI in Massachusetts and beyond."
In Massachusetts, the state's 2011 Expanded Gaming Act which paved the way for casino gaming required that companies wishing to do business here be vetted to eliminate any potential bad eggs among the group.
The Mass. Gaming Commission put each casino company and its executives through an investigative process and each of the companies which have been licensed were put on the spot over a variety of topics ranging from the actions of past employees to doing business in Macau, China. In the end, Caesars Entertainment withdrew its application and now is suing the state. The commission determined Ourway Realty, which owned the Plainridge harness race track, was unsuitable to do business in Massachusetts gaming.
Since then, Penn National Gaming took over that project and was licensed for its $225 million Plainridge Park Casino slots parlor in Plainville; MGM Resorts International was licensed for its $800 million resort casino in Springfield and Wynn Resorts was licensed for its $1.6 billion resort casino in Everett.
Of the three, only Wynn has had issues regarding peripheral criminal implications as joint owners of the land it is to develop are charged with trying to hide that a convicted felon stands to profit from the property transaction. Additionally, a recent New York Times report that Wynn was under investigation by the IRS led to the state gaming commission to probe the matter.


This story was amended on Thursday morning to clarify that Caesars Entertainment pulled out of the application process.

Most US gaming jurisdictions have an enviable reputation of keeping undesirable investors and individuals away from their casino industry. You have to go back to Nevada, prior to the 60's to find any mob involvement in legal casino gaming. Governor Grant Sawyer eliminated mob investment in Las Vegas in the 1960's. In New Jersey, under the leadership of ex Prosecutor, Governor Brendan Byrne, it was tougher to qualify as an operator, investor or supplier of an Atlantic City casino, than any other position in government or business in the United States. And states like Massachusetts, have followed suit, with detailed investigations of operators, and soon executives, suppliers and investors. The new FBI anti corruption tip line will get very little action from the casino industry, as too many eyes are already watching every financial transaction. The FBI will find its attention more deserved in other industries.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Addicted to games: What is a gambling addiction?

Addicted to games: What is a gambling addiction?