A previous executive at the Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was sentenced to 32 months for his part in a scheme that involved the casino’s slot machines and creating bogus loyalty rewards.
Casino fraudster Robert Pellegrini (seen here in December after pleading responsible) will be dealing in dapper suits for inmate orange during a 32-month prison sentence. He will also have to pay near to a dollars that are half-million restitution to the casino where he once worked.
Robert Pellegrini was VP of player development for the Mohegan Sun when he and two other people concocted a scheme to bilk his companies by making use of customers’ stolen loyalty card PIN numbers to play for free, permitting the gang to keep the winnings. The operation went from May 2014 to April 2015, before Pellegrini had been busted.
It was the role of Rochelle Poszeluznyj, a cocktail waitress, to see down players’ loyalty card PIN numbers as she served them beverages, before moving them onto Pellegrini, who would create copies of the cards which he then laden with free slot money. Then it had been Mark Joseph Heltzel, a client whom had previously been caught cheating at blackjack but was mysteriously not banned, whom posed as a regular customer and used the cards to play slots, splitting the winnings among the group.
The court was told how the trio utilized $478,100 in free slot play to come up with $418 (mais…)