In the classic movie, Casino, Sam “Ace” Rothstein (played by Robert DeNiro) implies that those running gambling establishments are the only winners. The players don’t stand a chance. A story coming out of Pennsylvania proves this statement to be true…kinda. Two employees of the Mohegan Sun Pocono and another individual stand accused of swindling the casino out of close to half a million dollars with a bold lick, involving player’s cards loaded with imaginary cash.
The relay started with Mohegan Sun beverage server Rochelle Poszeluznyj. When she served players drinks, some would use their player’s cards to pay. They would give Poszeluznyj their card number and PIN, which she would copy down for her own records.
She would then pass on the siphoned information to Robert Pellegrini, the Mohegan Sun vice president of player development. With his credentials, Pellegrini would make duplicates of the player’s cards, using the same numbers and PINs given to him. WNEP-16 explains, “If the player had $300 of comps for free slot play on the card, Pellegrini would increase the amount higher, for example to $800 of comps.”
Pellegrini would then pass the cards on to a third man, named Mark Heltzel, who did not work at the casino. Heltzel would use the duplicate cards to play the slot machines using the excess money on each card, so that the real owner of the card wouldn’t get suspicious.
Police say that in total, the trio spent close to $480,000 in the fraudulent money and received a payout of roughly $419,000. The scammers are expected to turn themselves in on Thursday.