EX-CASINO EXEC, WAITRESS AND GAMBLER CHARGED IN PA CASINO SLOT SCHEME
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – A former casino vice president accused of scheming with a cocktail waitress and gambler to steal over $400,000 from a northeastern Pennsylvania casino has been jailed.
Robert Pellegrini, a former executive at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Thursday and jailed on $500,000 bail.
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.
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.