April 20, 2016
A previous govt of Mohegan Sunlight Pocono and a gambler who ended up thought to have helped a scheme to defraud the on line casino ended up indicted Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Business declared.
Robert Joseph Pellegrini, previous VP of participant enhancement for the Mohegan Sunlight On line casino at Pocono Downs, and his alleged affiliate, Mark Heltzel, ended up hit with a 21-count indictment, together with fees of conspiracy to commit money laundering, access machine fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Authorities stated Pellegrini, Heltzel and a third accomplice ended up engaged in a scheme that entails the use of stolen names in PINs that ended up tied to players’ loyalty club playing cards.
The indictment filed Tuesday did not identify the third accomplice, who Citizens Voice recognized as cocktail waitress Rochelle Poszelusnyi.
Law enforcement stated the rip-off associated Poszeluznyj collecting participant reward ID and PIN figures from consumers when she took their consume orders. The female would go on these figures to Pellegrini, who would use them to make bogus reward playing cards, which ended up loaded up with free of charge slot enjoy credits.
The playing cards ended up then handed to Heltzel, who’d use them to gamble, although winnings ended up split between the three conspirators. The indictment alleges that the scheme began in May 2014 and ongoing to April 2015, allegedly netting the defendants winnings in the approximate sum of $422,147.
Poszeluznyi is dealing with a hundred seventy five mainly felony fees in condition court docket.
The rip-off was rumbled when Poszeluznyi’s flame, on line casino supplier Matthew Crane, tipped off authorities in April 2015. The tipoff led on line casino investigators to test surveillance footage of Heltzel’s activities, which showed him applying multiple participant reward playing cards, none of which ended up in his identify, on three various situations over a one 7 days. Interior opinions also exposed circumstances in which slot enjoy credits ended up loaded on up to six reward playing cards in swift succession, and these playing cards ended up employed soon thereafter at a one slot device.
Poszeluznyj reportedly admitted that she’d attained far more than 50 playing cards at the request of Pellegrini and Heltzel. Mohegan Sunlight Pocono officials confirmed that each Poszeluznyj and Pellegrini ended up no for a longer time doing work at the on line casino.
Pellegrini and Heltzel deal with highest penalties of 20 yrs in jail and a $five hundred,000 good. The U.S. Attorney’s Business is also searching for forfeiture of the proceeds from their scheme, prosecutors stated.
Poszeluznyj waived her appropriate to the listening to, allowing for identity theft fees to go forward to trial. She stays free of charge on unsecured bail pending trial, with a formal arraignment scheduled in July.