Charities are a tricky proposition. The money that is being raised is done so for a good cause. Most organizations that run these charities, however, are allowed to keep some of the profits for various reasons.
Among these reasons are paying the people that work to raise the money. Operating costs are also part of the money that can be kept.
One reason to keep the money that is not allowed is personal family vacations. That is what the boss of a charity lottery used money that he stole for. His family went on an elaborate vacation to Barbados with money that should have gone to charity.
Two air ambulance charities were the target of his theft. he would pick phantom winners from the phone book, while he kept the prizes for himself. Leigh Windsor was living the high life.
That is until he slipped up, and subsequently was caught. He was entering fake tickets in the drawings, to raise his commission. Unfortunately for him, one of the tickets was picked as the winner.
His company had been very successful running the air ambulance lotteries. The company raised millions of dollars over a ten year period. That was until he was caught stealing money.
Organized Gambling Ring Busted In Massachusetts
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Organized gambling operations has the lure to bring in people from all walks of life. Most of these operations are illegally run, and the profit margin is large.
Law enforcement has been busy on the job so far this year. Various agencies across several states have been cracking down on these illegal gambling rings.
Massachusetts is the latest state in which a gambling bust has taken place. Officers carried out warrants at various locations around the state. Thirty two people were arrested.
The leader of the organized gambling enterprise was Jesus Reynoso, according to authorities. He was arrested along with his enforcer, Victor Rosado.
“Make no mistake. This was not a harmless neighborhood lottery or sports book. It was a gambling enterprise where the game was rigged in favor of the ring, and it was fraught with violence and corruption,” said Suffolk County District Attorney, Daniel F. Conley, at a press conference on Tuesday.
The operation was run across different stores in Boston and throughout the state. The leaders would provide computers and printers that would be used to take bets from people. Sixty percent of the profits would go to the leaders of the organization.
Illegal Video Poker machines are extremely popular in bars around the country these days. They are also illegal when they pay out their winners. Most owners who operate these machines claim they are for online casino amusement only.
Police are not fooled by the scam these owners are running, and over the weekend, they busted one of these illegal operations in a most unlikely of scenarios.
Kentucky State Police troopers were doing their normal patrolling over the weekend when they saw a suspicious man lurking around a business that was closed. They went looking for the man, and their search ended up inside the closed business.
What they found inside was people playing poker on video machines. The machines were equipped with ways to accept money. The alleged owner of the operation admitted to police that he was paying out winners on a daily basis.
Larry D. Atkins was charged with eight counts of first degree promoting gambling. He was taken into custody and released on $200 bond.
Unfortunately for Atkins, had he waited a few months the machines may have been legal. The Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, has vowed to have voters decide whether to legalize gambling in the state.
Atkins’ arraignment is set for January 23rd.
Gambling on Horse Racing Might Become Reality Again in China
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To show how much the world is actually changing, you need not look further than in China. The country is contemplating allowing gambling on horse racing for the first time in almost fifty years.
The city of Wuhan has received the O.K. to move forward with bringing horse racing to the city. The races are beginning without a key component that is present at most racetracks, gambling.
That may soon change. The Xinhua news agency has reported that as early as next year, there could be gambling on the horses in Wuhan.
There has not been gambling on horse racing in the country of China for almost fifty years. In 1949, the Communist party banned the gambling from taking place. Not until now has there been an opportunity to bring it back.
“The proposal for betting on horse racing is being reviewed and discussed, but there is no concrete information on when or whether it will begin,” a spokesman for the China Sports Lottery was quoted as saying to Xinhua.
The state of Illinois has bills to pay just like every other state. Much like other states, Illinois is looking to a way for expanded casino gambling to bail out the budget.
On Saturday, major gambling expansion was approved by the state Senate. If approved by the House, the gambling expansion would make the state of Illinois a major player in the casino gambling industry.
A construction program to bring more schools, bridges, and new roads in the state would be the beneficiary of the gambling expansion. In addition to allowing current casinos to expand, the plan also creates two new major advancements in casino gambling.
Slot machines would be allowed at race tracks in the state, and a new casino would also be built in downtown Chicago. The Senate passed the plan overwhelmingly, by a 32-18 vote.
Getting the House to approve the plan will be the hard part. The hope is that the hard economic times will force the House to consider the plan. It will bring much needed jobs and revenue to the state. The construction plans must move forward, but without revenue money from the casinos, it will be nearly impossible.
The Senate was not only looking to improve the state’s casino gambling on Saturday. They also passed a Bill that would privatize the state lottery. Both Bills, HB2651, and HB 1496, now move on to the House.
Payday lending, predatory mortgage loans, overdraft fees, high interest rates, an economy nearing recession, are all issues the Financial Services Committee must hold the banking sectors accountable for at the moment. At the same time the banking institutions must determine what illegal Internet gambling is, block those transactions, thus imposing penalties to customers of theirs. This, to American Banking Association Vice President, Wayne Abernathy, is ridiculous.
Mr. Ted Kitada from Wells Fargo stated in his testimony at the Hearing for the Proposed UIGEA Regulations that his company completes more than 30 million transactions a day and deciphering which of those 30 million transactions would be illegal Internet gambling transactions would be not only cumbersome, but also a major hindrance to the quality of service his company offers its customers.
Each of the banking witnesses at today’s second portion of the Financial Services Committee Hearing agreed that if forced to comply with this law the banking systems would likely block any transaction that may appear illegal, even if, in fact, it was perfectly legal.
Barney Frank pointed out that if a customer’s legal transactions are blocked by their banks or credit card companies, it could have an adverse effect on the competition of American banking systems with the rest of the world’s banking systems. ABA representative, Wayne Abernathy, agreed that enforcing this law could weaken America’s competitive advantages over international banks.
The key to Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology, was not so much whether this all could or could not be efficiently done and enforced, but rather, that the Congress, through the UIGEA, had put the burden of policing the people on banks, when in fact, the government should be policing the banks.