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Dallas Man Accused in Casino Rip Off

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PLAINS TOWNSHIP -- A Dallas man is one of three people accused in an inside job that swindled a Pennsylvania casino out of nearly half a million dollars.

State police say Mohegan Sun Pocono beverage server Rochelle Poszeluznyj would copy guests' pin numbers as they paid for drinks with a player card, then pass the info on to gaming development VP Robert Joseph Pellegrini, according to WNEP.

Pellegrini created duplicate cards and added hundreds of dollars in complimentary play to each card before handing them off to frequent casino customer and Dallas native Mark Joseph Heltzel, who hit the slot machines.

Heltzel gambled only within the added amount on each card, so customers did not become suspicious, and split $419,000 in winnings with his two partners. Police say during 2014 and 2015, Heltzel gambled with $478,100 of free slot play.

The trio face 177 counts including criminal conspiracy, computer trespassing, theft, identity theft, and winning by fraud.

Poszeluznyj and Heltzel are expected to turn themselves in Wednesday; Pellegrini is expected to turn himself in Thursday.

Mohegan Sun Pocono president said the two employees no longer work for the casino.


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