December's Craziest Stories From The Gambling World
From Joey Porter To A Priest Getting Robbed For Gambling Money
The gambling world can sometimes produce really off-the-wall stories. Here’s a look at some of the most colorful from the month of December. For a look back at what weird stuff happened in November, check out that month’s recap.
Former NFL linebacker Joey Porter was released from jail in late December after squaring a five-figure debt owed to the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.
Officials say a man is in trouble on embezzlement charges for the alleged theft of nearly $600 worth of frozen meats from Route 66 Casino, where he worked.
A husband in India was accused of putting his wife at risk in some sort of gamble — and he lost. According to the report, when the other gamblers came to collect, or in other words abduct her, she fended them off and fled to a police station.
Two students from the University of California, Berkeley, law school were charged with felony killing and felony torturing of an animal for allegedly decapitating an exotic bird.
A bag containing $19,000 in cash was left at a jackpot machine in the Marina Bay Sands casino. Within minutes, it went missing. Later, Mohamad Salleh Din, 53, a Malaysian, was jailed for four months for misappropriating the money.
Two parolees who pulled off a series of armed heists throughout Southern California, including one at a Fashion Valley jewelry store and another at the Barona Casino, were each sentenced to long prison terms, with one defendant getting nearly 750 years to life.
One driver involved in the incident fled the scene in his Ford van, authorities said. That driver, Martin Macarena, 48, of San Luis Obispo, was later located at the Chumash Casino and arrested for suspicion of felony hit and run while causing injuries.
The judge in the case ordered $500,000 in restitution. The 91-year-old retired priest, taken advantage of by a jobless, addicted gambler for more than $500,000 over a decade, did not appear in court. The defendant wore casual clothes as the verdict was read.
Prosecutors brought a murder charge against a 50-year-old woman accused of stabbing a young girl to death in an undeveloped Las Vegas-area housing tract and later slashing a casino co-worker while that woman dealt blackjack at a Las Vegas Strip resort.
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