South Dakota blackjack dealers face 25 years in theft charge

Apr 11, 2017 3:00 AM

Two blackjack dealers in South Dakota are among four people accused in a scheme to steal money from a state casino.

Federal authorities say the dealers, their pit boss and a customer colluded to steal about $10,000 from the Dakota Sioux Casino near Watertown on New Year’s Eve of 2015.

All four are charged with conspiracy and theft from a gaming establishment on Indian land. They have pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say a frequent casino player of the casino allegedly received illegitimate winnings from the two dealers with the knowledge of the pit boss. The defendants face a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

The Associated Press reports that defense attorneys could not be immediately reached for comment.