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Former Card Player Magazine Bookkeeper indicted for Embezzlement of over $1 Million

Tags: Allyn Jaffrey Shulman, Barry Shulman, bookkeeper, Card Player Magazine, Shelby McCann.
Posted on 04 September 2018 by "T".

Since 1988, Card Player magazine is known as one of the world's oldest and most well-respected poker magazines and online poker guide, and recently it has been found out that this widely known publication has been a victim of more than $1 million in theft, according to charges filed by Clark County prosecutors in Las Vegas.

Shelby McCann, who also goes by the name Anna McCann, was indicted of a total of 24 felonies last Thursday, right after prosecutors filed charges against her, saying that she stole from Card Player magazine when she started working for the brand as bookkeeper in September 2011. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, she is charged with a variety of wrongdoings, including the use of checks made out to herself to pay off her credit card expenses, increase her salary, and pay off for her many other expenditures.

The publication is popular to many casino and poker players all over America, where it is usually available for free in casino-poker rooms. The magazine is owned by CEO Barry Shulman (who purchased the publication back in 1998) and his wife Allyn Jaffrey Shulman (who also acts as the magazine's lawyer).

The publication reported that the theft possibly started the time McCann was hired up until she resigned in August 2016. The company officials discovered about the thefts after the fact emerged that there was no more money left to pay for the bills.

The Shulmans
The Shulmans are a better known family name in the world of poker. Aside from publishing the magazine, they have pretty impressive poker portfolio to their names.

Barry Shulman has over $5 million in lifetime tournament earnings, including two WSOP bracelets (one of them in which he won the WSOP Europe Main Event in 2009). Barry's son Jeff Shulman is also a successful player with nearly $3.5 million in tourney wins. He got 5th place in the 2009 WSOP Main Event for $1.95 million and 7th in the same event in 2000 for $146,700.

Allyn Jaffrey Shulman has over $600,000 in lifetime tournament wins plus a WSOP bracelet.

The Charges
Prosecutors claim that McCann, who was hired as the magazine's bookkeeper, had also used the funds to help her move to Hawaii as well, where she was arrested recently. She was also accused of having siphoned the magazine's money into a crowdfunding site in order to help pay for an adoption.

All in all, prosecutors claim that she stole about $1.1 million during the time she was employed at the company. Allyn Jaffrey Shulman said that the real total was over $1.4 million.

After they learned of the misdeeds, Barry Shulman and son Jeff Shulman (who serves as chief operating officer) both placed $20,000 back in the business to help cover for the company's urgent needs and to enable to magazine to stand up again and run efficiently. Allyn said, "Her embezzlement didn't affect business or payroll at all."

Allyn added that at some point in the investigation after the theft was discovered, the company learned that McCann even sent flowers to herself using the company's funds. Allyn said, "Employees tell me she would walk around the office saying, ‘Look how much my husband loves me", when she had actually sent the flowers to herself with our money. She wrote checks to herself, sent money to her husband, paid off four different credit cards, bought airline tickets, stole petty cash, bought clothes and other items and had them sent to her home, made large donations to one of her many GoFundMe accounts, and changed her salary every two weeks for five years.

McCann also stole money to buy a house in Hawaii, which eventually foreclosed. The company alleges she forged a letter coming from Card Player stating that she worked remotely and earns $200,000 annually so that she could have a loan approved for the house.

McCann's Defense
McCann and her husband Benjamin have set up a crowdfunding page to aid in paying for her defense and dispute the charges made against her.

On the page it says, "The charges against her are so over the top it's absurd. Without giving too much detail, they reported to police that every dime she made there over a base $37,000/year salary was fraudulent and unauthorized. Anna had worked for two law firms in California in the capacity as a controller/accountant before this employer. She was bonded in both California and Nevada."

On the page it also said that the charges were termed as "vindictive retaliation" saying "This is entertainment to her accusers and they have deep pockets. My initial goal is to cover her bail bond and to provide a retainer to a defense attorney." The site had raised $468 so far from a goal of $20,000, but it was closed after Nevada prosecutors announced the charges.




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7 comments for "Former Card Player Magazine Bookkeeper indicted for Embezzlement of over $1 Million"

 shokaku04/09/2018 17:50:03 GMT
Another proof, that the worst robberies come from the inside. But if this woman was able to squander such a large sum of money over a period of a few years, then there was no effective control mechanism in place. The alarm belsl should have gone off long before a million was lost.
 misteriopj04/09/2018 17:57:00 GMT
It is unfortunate how people abuse the trust that is given to them, besides the owners for more than they should review the accounts of the business once a year, to verify that all is well, thank God the revisat continues to work and does not affect your workers, let's hope they get up
 Mober04/09/2018 18:06:47 GMT
It took her five years to get all that money.
While it isnt much, compared to some other cases of theft of that type,
it is still a substantial amount of money.
But she got caught at the end.
Something natural.
How much longer she thought , she would go undetected.
 Gerimantas05/09/2018 06:38:40 GMT
This is not good situation and of course this can be in any company, because bookkeeper always know financial information anf he can use this information to do bad things, and like in this situation to steal money from company
 doubletop77705/09/2018 09:04:25 GMT
I am glad that they have caught this woman and that now justice can be delivered. I have been a reader of Card Player magazine over the years and the Shulman's have always come across as decent people
 CALICUL05/09/2018 18:56:15 GMT
Shelby McCann, found the bowl with plenty of milk, and stole from it without a logic, that can not be captured so fast, or not at all. She lived for a short period of time very good, but now comes the bad part for her, the judgment... She will have to have a good lawyer, and if it has any property, it will remain without her, to pay the damages.
 bowie198430/09/2018 14:57:07 GMT
Posted by doubletop777:
I am glad that they have caught this woman and that now justice can be delivered. I have been a reader of Card Player magazine over the years and the Shulman's have always come across as decent people

You just have to think at least some of these magazines maybe are employing some notorius gambling addicts too. Altough this broad was just looking to spend money on stupid things.

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