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Tag: embezzlement

Ex-‘Arsenio Hall Show’ Music Director Sentenced for Embezzling Money for Homeless Children

Robin DiMaggio, via Wikpedia.

By Steve Neavling

Former “Arsenio Hall Show” music director Robin DiMaggio was sentenced Wednesday to 27 months in federal prison, followed by one-year home confinement, for embezzling nearly $1 million intended for a charity concert for children who lost their homes because of wars. 

The 49-year-old drummer pledged to help get famous musicians and celebrities to perform at the concert by the Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation, a Bulgaria-based nonprofit. To do that, he said he needed money to book the artists, so the foundation’s sponsor wired him nearly $1 million. 

Instead of using the money for the concert, he spent more than $250,000 on a Calabasas home for his ex-wife, $35,000 for a car for his mother, and $24,000 for a car for his son. In addition, he wired $150,000 to his company’s bank account. 

None of the money was spent on the concert. 

United States District Judge Dolly M. Gee, who sentenced DiMaggio, said his actions were “a despicable crime of sheer greed.”  

A restitution hearing will be scheduled in the coming homes. 

 “The concert never happened and this much-needed money was never raised for this charitable cause,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memorandum. “[DiMaggio] lined his own pockets at the expense of [the foundation’s financial sponsor] and the children that would have benefited from the concert’s proceeds.”

The FBI investigated the embezzlement. 

Congress to Investigate Claims That Secret Service Agent Coerced Woman into Having Sex

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Very few people wanted to believe Kristen Miles Anderson’s claim that she was coerced into having sex with a Secret Service agent who was investigating whether she embezzled money from a bank.

It was March 2010, and the agent who first denied the sexual encounter later said the act was consensual, Greenville Online reports. 

Anderson eventually pleaded guilty to embezzling about $90,000 and was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. She served 10 months.

A judge dismissed her lawsuit against the agent, the federal government and others, and a grand jury investigation into the alleged sexual encounter resulted in no charges.

But now the U.S. House Committee on Oversight is interested in learning more about what happened and last month requested the inspector general of Homeland Security to turn over a copy of the investigation report.

“I stood up and took the blame, told them what I did and paid the price,” Anderson said during an exclusive interview with The Greenville News. “Then to go back and learn they didn’t even charge him, that’s just devastating. I can’t even tell you.”

The accused agent, Richard Kerns Jr., could not be reached for comment.

Houston-Area Investigators Accused of Stealing Valuable Comics while working embezzlement case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Houston-area investigators were working on an embezzlement case when authorities said the men helped themselves to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of rare comic, the Associated Press reports.

Dustin Deutsch, 41, and Lonnie Blevins, 39, are accused of stealing the vintage comics from an evidence storage unit in 2012 while working on an embezzlement case for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The suspect was accused of buying valuable collectibles with money he had stolen from his employer, a crane-manufacturing company.

Included in the collection was a first-edition Batman comic that could fetch about $900,000, the AP wrote.

 

Ex-DEA Employee Gets Probation for Embezzling Drug Enforcement Funds

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Embezzling $1,800 from the DEA will cost a former employee one year of probation and 50 hours of community service, the Tribune-Review reports.

U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose delivered the sentenced Monday to Holly Cook, 43, of Monongahela, Pa.

Cook pleaded guilty in May to taking $1,800 from a locked cash box of drug enforcement funds, the Tribune-Review reported.

“I will never forgive myself for allowing a momentary lapse in judgment to define the rest of my life,” she said in court.

 

FBI Takes Over Embezzlement Investigation of Catholic Priest in Suburban Detroit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating a Catholic priest in suburban Detroit accused of embezzling more than $400,000 from his church, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Troy police handed over the investigation of Rev. Edward Belczak, 67, a former pastor at St. Thomas More Parish in Troy for three decades, the Free Press wrote.

The Archdiocese of Detroit removed Belczak from his position after nearly three decades as allegations of financial improprieties surfaced.

Belczak is accused of padding his pay and bankrolling a ghost employee.

FBI Doesn’t Buy Police Claims that Georgia Banker Accused of Embezzlement Is Dead

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A judge believes Aubrey Lee Price, a Georgia banker accused of embezzling more than $20 million, is dead.

The FBI, however, doesn’t buy into a written confession and note that said he planned to drown himself off the Florida coast after he disappeared in June, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.

The FBI has seized all of Price’s cars, the Chronicle wrote.

Now agents are looking for his missing boat, a 17-foot 2004 Sea Ray Boats.

Former FBI Agent Sentenced to Six Months in Jail for Embezzling Money Intended for Confidential Informants

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent who embezzled money from a fund to pay confidential informants was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced.

Timothy Klotz, of Oklahoma, also was sentenced to six months of house arrest after pleading guilty to embezzlement.

Klotz also was ordered to return more than $43,000 to the FBI,

The 45-year-old is scheduled to be imprisoned on Jan. 18.

Former ICE Official Gets 20 Months in Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former federal immigration intelligence director was sentenced to 20 months in prison Friday after getting four subordinates to fraudulently claim more than $500,000 in false expense and pay claims, Reuters reports.

James M. Woosley, 48, the former acting director of the intelligence office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, pleaded guilty in May of stealing more than $188,000 by falsifying travel vouches, hours worked and attendance claims.

Three underlings also have pleaded guilty in the case and received jail terms of between three months and a year and a day. A fourth is awaiting jail sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said Woosley “took advantage of the trust he was given by the United States government to carry out a scheme that cost American taxpayers more than a half million dollars,” according to Reuters.