GAMING RECORDS SCAM
Truck driver sentenced to 46 months in prison
A Tennessee truck driver who obtained confidential gaming records and tried to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from casinos for their return was sentenced Thursday to 46 months in federal prison.
Jeffrey Greer was convicted of extortion in October.
According to the indictment and testimony at Greer’s trial, Greer worked for French Trucking Company, which was hired to transport loads of paper from Las Vegas to a recycling mill in Jackson, Ala.
After dumping off the loads, Greer returned to his truck and found loose documents that included confidential information about high rollers who gambled at the MGM Grand and Harrah’s.
Greer held the paperwork hostage and demanded $350,000.
According to recorded phone conversations played during the trial, Greer said $100,000 was for a short-term security consultant position at the casinos so he could explain to executives the security failures that allowed him to secure the records. The remainder, $250,000, was for the return of the documents he obtained.
Federal agents posing as casino executives arranged to meet Greer in Tennessee to deliver the check and collect the records. Greer was arrested in May 2007 after the transaction.
Retrial results in two life sentences
A man whose murder conviction was overturned by the state Supreme Court was sentenced Thursday to two life sentences with the possibility of parole after 10 years.
District Judge Jackie Glass sentenced Erasmo Pena, 42, to prison for the 1991 slaying of Marcos Valenzuela, who was shot and killed at a party.
After the slaying, Pena fled to El Salvador but was arrested when he returned to the United States in 2002, authorities said.
In 2004, a jury convicted Pena of second-degree murder, and he was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years.
The Nevada Supreme Court overturned the conviction and granted Pena a new trial because of prosecutorial misconduct. The then-prosecutor on the case, Ed Kane, among other things, told the jury that Pena’s defense was a fairy tale.
During his November retrial, a new jury found Pena guilty of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon. A second life term was added because of Nevada’s deadly weapon sentencing enhancement.
Arizona teen arrested in shooting death
A Kingman, Ariz., teenager has been arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in an investigation of a weekend shooting death at a juvenile drinking party.
Kingman police Sgt. Rusty Cooper said Duran Gregory Serna, 16, died from a single gunshot to the head. Police had responded to a 911 call Saturday at 1:30 a.m. at a home in the 1600 block of Arlington Street.
Cooper said officers were initially told that the shooting occurred during a game of Russian roulette, but interviewed parties offered inconsistent versions of events. The investigation led to Tuesday’s arrest of William Cadmus Cannon, 19.
Pedestrian dies after being hit by a train
Police think alcohol was a factor when a pedestrian was killed when struck by a train Wednesday in Kingman, Ariz.
Kingman police Sgt. Rusty Cooper said Nakia Lockwood, 34, of Fort Mohave was dead at the scene of the 5:40 p.m. accident north of the Airway Avenue overpass.
“Witnesses observed Lockwood staggering around the area, appearing to be heavily intoxicated,” Cooper said. “Lockwood appeared to be attempting to cross over the train tracks when he was struck.”
Cooper said Lockwood had been dropped off in Kingman the day before his death to catch a bus. He said it was unknown why he didn’t follow through with his travel plans.
DRUNKEN DRIVING SUSPECTED
Two die in Henderson traffic collision
Two people died late Wednesday when a driver in a Jeep Wrangler ran a red light and struck a Toyota pickup in Henderson, officials said.
Both occupants of the pickup died in the collision, which occurred about 10 p.m. at the intersection of Lake Mead Parkway and Fiesta Henderson Parkway, Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Kevin Honea said.
The driver of the Jeep was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and booked into Clark County Detention Center on suspicion of drunken driving.
Honea said that the driver of the Toyota had the right of way to turn at the intersection and that his vehicle was struck on the passenger side. The passenger was taken to Sunrise and died there. The Toyota’s driver died at the scene.
Identities of those involved in the collision were not released as of Thursday afternoon.
Las Vegas doctor found liable of Medicare fraud
A federal jury has found a Las Vegas anesthesiologist liable of committing Medicare fraud.
U.S. Attorney Greg Brower says Eugene Chen was found to have submitted more than 3,500 fraudulent claims for services between 1999 and 2006.
Prosecutors say the services were either not provided or were not properly requested under the terms of the Medicare part B program.
Brower says the false claim forms resulted in paid reimbursements to Chen of more than $420,000.