Three charged in slot scheme

Three charged in slot scheme

January 25, 2016 10:24 AM
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Three charged in slot schemeFormer Mohegan Sun executive Robert Pellegrini has been accused of scheming with a cocktail waitress and gambler to steal over $400,000 from a northeastern Pennsylvania casino.

Pellegrini, a former executive at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned and jailed on $500,000 bail, according to an Associated Press account.

His lawyer disputes allegations that Pellegrini was the plan’s “mastermind” and says his client is innocent.

Pellegrini was charged along with server Rochelle Poszeluznyj and patron Mark Heltzel. They each face more than 170 counts including theft, identity theft and criminal conspiracy, the AP reported.

State Police allege Poszeluznyj collected players’ casino cards and PIN numbers when they paid for drinks. They say she passed them to Pellegrini to make duplicates, which he gave to Heltzel to use at slot machines.

They’re accused of splitting $418,793 in winnings from May 2014 through April 2015.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: PhilHevener@GamingToday.com.