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.