2015 Casino Crimes

In 2015 there have been many news stories involving casino crimes. These crimes are occurring more frequently now than they ever have in the past.

Caesar’s Entertainment was in the news over U.S. money laundering charges. The Department of Justice and Caesar’s Entertainment came to an agreement that saw the company paying a $20 million fee as a result of criminal charges placed against them by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. These charges stemmed from money laundering that took place at the Caesar’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The sportsbook section of the casino was not properly monitored and illegal betting rings were allowed to place wagers there. This violated the laws of the Bank Secrecy Act, the United States’ most significant law concerning the laundering of money.

A state Senator in Oklahoma found himself in hot water after stealing $1.8 billion; $200,000 of which he spent at a casino. He was brought up on Federal charges but reached a plea agreement in the case. Prior to becoming a Senator, the man served as the CEO and President of Tulsa’s Better Business Bureau starting in 1999 and ending in 2011 when he was fired on suspicion of misappropriating funds. The BBB later filed a report against him in which they stated he used the misappropriated money to pay off his gambling debts. As a result, he will not receive a government pension upon his retirement.

In Atlantic City a man pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and trademark counterfeiting. The court ordered him to pay back $463,540 to Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel & Casino after illegally winning poker tournaments at the casino by making and using his own chips. He was also ordered to pay Harrah’s Hotel& Casino in Atlantic City $9,455 after he clogged the casino’s toilets in an attempt to flush his counterfeit chips down the drain.

In Louisiana one man faces a year- long prison sentence after he was caught printing counterfeit money in the hotel room of a casino. Surveillance cameras in the casino caught the man in the act. He had printed up dozens of sheets of fake $100 bills with the intention of using them to gamble.

The Resorts World Sentosa made local news after two its game dealers and five gamblers in the casino were caught cheating. A Singapore man in his 60s visited the casino and conspired to cheat with three of the casino’s croupiers helping him do so. The croupiers were giving him an advantage over the other players in the game and getting 20% of his winnings in return. Two of the croupiers have been apprehended but the third one has not been found by police. The same casino also brought charges against four Turkish players who worked together to cheat at their respective gaming tables. Two of the Turkish players were sentenced to a year in prison and the other two players were just sentenced to six months in prison.