Sands Casino has been fined for two different violations by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board press release, the fines totaled to $242,500. The first fine was for 11 incidents, in which “individuals under the age of 21 accessed the gaming floor,” and some of them were served alcohol. The second was for “permitting the issuance of free slot play by employees who were not authorized to do so and/or issuing slot play of amounts above authorized levels.” However, these fines are not a rare occurrence for casinos, said Richard McGarvey, the spokesperson for Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
A Claysburg woman faces felony charges after state police allege she embezzled about $131,000 from a Logan Township medical practice. According to charges filed by state police, Bushore started working at the business as a billing supervisor in 2012 and was in charge of depositing cash into Advanced Regional’s bank account. She quit in May 2017. The investigation found that between May 2014 until May 2017, a total of about $131,000 in cash was not deposited into Advanced Regional’s bank account. Her credit report allegedly shows she has about $78,000 in past due debt and a total balance of about $277,000. Also, Bushore spent “what was perceived to be substantial amounts of money on numerous recreational activities, including gambling,” the investigator wrote in the charges. After obtaining a court order, state police received records about Bushore from Rocky Gap Casino in Flintstone, Md., from August 2013 until the present. State police said that Bushore’s “coin in” totals at the casino came to $119,641.21.
A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc banker was sentenced to three months in prison for using a secret account to reap thousands of dollars in illegal profits by trading on inside information about company clients. “Jung used material nonpublic information stolen from his investment bank employer to net nearly US$130,000 (RM540,800) in illegal gains,” US attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement in Manhattan. Prosecutors had recommended that Jung serve 18 to 24 months behind bars, citing federal sentencing guidelines. Jung had asked the judge to spare him prison, saying in a letter that he made the trades to help his brother, who had a gambling problem. “While it seemed like I was helping my family in the short term, my poor judgment has led to larger, unfathomable problems and irrevocable damage,” Jung wrote to US District Judge Lewis Kaplan. “I take full responsibility for my wrongdoing and I am deeply regretful.”
Software provider and operator Gamesys has been ordered to repay £460,472 ($584,000) to victims of thieves who played on its gambling platforms with stolen money. The UK gambling regulator (UKGC) has also ordered the company to forfeit £690,000 ($875,000) for violating money laundering regulations and “failing to prevent gambling harm,” bringing the total penalty to just under £1.2 million ($1.52 million). The regulator said in a statement Wednesday that it launched a review of the company’s procedures following police investigations that uncovered three instances where criminals unnamed by the regulator had deposited some of the proceeds of their crimes into Gamesys platforms. The London-based company operates the popular Jackpot Joy and Virgin Games brands, among others. It concluded that a “variety of failures” that lasted for a sustained period of time saw “stolen money flowing through the business.”
The Peoria Tribe is seeking more than $2 million from the former managers of its casino in Oklahoma after being hit with a federal enforcement action. On May 10, the National Indian Gaming Commission issued a notice of violation to the tribe. It laid out 77 infractions, accusing the tribe of misusing gaming funds and operating the Buffalo Run Casino and Resort without an approved management agreement. The tribe is appealing the notice but blames the former managers for the violations. The tribal gaming commission has since issued fines of $2,067,561 against David J. Qualls and Tony D. Holden in hopes of addressing the enforcement action. “The Peoria Tribe takes these issues seriously and we will cooperate fully with the NIGC and other federal authorities to resolve its concerns related to these events,” Chief Craig Harper said on Thursday. “We hope to avoid or limit penalties we may be assessed for the wrongful conduct of those two men.” The tribal gaming commission has since revoked the licenses of Qualls and Holden
One of two men charged with decapitating a casino patron has pleaded guilty. The Billings Gazette reports that 34-year-old Jeffery Glen Haverty pleaded guilty Monday. Haverty and 32-year-old Donald Ray Cherry were both charged with deliberate homicide in the October 2017 death of 41-year-old Myron Wesley Knight. Prosecutors and Haverty’s attorneys say they will seek 50 years in prison under a plea agreement. Authorities say Knight asked a Billings casino employee to hold $120 in winnings before leaving with the men. Police say Haverty robbed Knight of his remaining $6 and began decapitating him in a transient camp. Authorities say Cherry took part in the decapitation after returning from a gas station. Knight’s body was found three weeks later.
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