Casino Crime Round Up: Ex-Pro Basketball Player Allegedly Stole Cash, Spent on Gambling

Posted on: May 8, 2024, 04:36h. 

Last updated on: May 8, 2024, 04:36h.

Roderick Wilmont, a former professional basketball player, allegedly stole funds from a Florida sports academy, and used it for gambling and personal expenses, according to recent news reports.

Roderick Wilmont
Roderick Wilmont, while playing for Indiana University, pictured above. He was charged for stealing money earmarked for a sports academy and spending some of it on gambling, authorities said. (Image: Sports Illustrated)

Wilmont allegedly rerouted thousands of dollars per month meant for student housing costs at Mont Sports Academy in Orlando. The money was also spent by Wilmont on vacations and OnlyFans subscriptions, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Wilmont, 40, who coached at the academy, was charged with two counts of scheme to defraud and defrauding an innkeeper, the report said.

The alleged wrongdoing came to light last December and was reported to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

The money was supposed to pay for rental properties, according to the West Orlando News. Wilmont was late in making payments and owed a firm some $19K, authorities said.

The Mont Sports Academy prepares students for basketball play in college.

“We understand that success in sports goes beyond the game itself,” the academy said in an online statement.

It requires discipline, resilience, and a strong foundation in both academics and personal growth. Our program aims to instill these values in our student-athletes, fostering a culture of excellence, integrity, and lifelong learning.”

While in college, Wilmont played for Indiana University. He also had “stints on the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks’ rosters and played nine years of professional basketball in the European League and NBA Developmental League,” according to the academy’s website.

Gambling Machines Seized

Several gambling machines, a loaded gun, and over $3K were seized by San Francisco police during an illegal gaming raid last week. Police also found suspected cocaine and ecstasy, as well as drug paraphernalia and supplies.

Trang Thuy Thanh Tran, 45, of Oakland, Calif., was arrested at the Ellis Street operation following Thursday’s court-approved search, police said.

Tran was charged with maintaining a place to sell illegal narcotics, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of illegal gambling machines, permitting the use of illegal gambling machines, and maintaining a location for illegal gambling in exchange for money.

Tran was booked at the San Francisco County Jail. It appears she was released from custody. Her case was turned over to local prosecutors.

Other suspects were apprehended by police during the raid. Those suspects also could face charges.

Casino Chips Theft

A woman was charged after allegedly stealing some $1K worth of gambling chips from Missouri’s River City Casino.

Jasmine D. Drone of Kansas City, Mo., swiped 17 chips from a tray at the gambling property on June 11, 2023, authorities said.

She allegedly had other people attempting to cash the chips following the theft, according to St. Louis TV station KPLR.

She’s scheduled to appear in St. Louis County Circuit Court on June 6.

Drone is charged with stealing – $750 or more.