A former executive at the Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 32 months for his role in a scheme that involved the casino’s slots and creating bogus loyalty rewards.
Casino fraudster Robert Pellegrini (seen here in December after pleading responsible) will be investing in dapper matches for inmate orange during a 32-month prison sentence. He will also have to pay close to a half-million dollars in restitution to the casino where he once worked.
Robert Pellegrini was VP of player development for the Mohegan Sun when he and two others concocted a scheme to bilk his companies by using customers’ stolen loyalty card PIN numbers to play for free, allowing the gang to keep the winnings. The operation went from May 2014 to 2015, before Pellegrini was busted april.
It was the role of Rochelle Poszeluznyj, a cocktail waitress, to notice down players’ loyalty card PIN numbers as she served them drinks, before passing them onto Pellegrini, whom would create copies of the cards which he then packed with free slot money. Then it was Mark Joseph Heltzel, an individual 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 the way the trio utilized $478,100 in free slot play to create $418,793 in illicit winnings.