Ripping off real money casinos does not go over all that well with any land-based gambling venue. Thieves, crooks and cons are usually caught very quickly. Sometimes the detection process takes a bit longer. Yet, even the cleverest casino criminals rarely get away with their crime.
There are reasons why casinos invest so much money in security. That still does not stop some would-be casino thieves from trying. The story of the four couples involved in the South Florida casino scam was reported by a source close to PlaySlots4RealMoney.com earlier this month.
The four couples recent plead guilty to theft from Miccosukee Casino’s gambling video games. The crime was committed as a group. The husbands were guilty of:
- Stealing funds in excess $1000
- Conspiracy to commit computer fraud
- Money laundering
The four suspects involved in these crimes were Michel Aleu, Lester Larvin, Yohander Jorrin Melhen and Leonardo Betancourt.
The wives’ participation in the scheme resulted in conspiracy and money laundering charges. The four convicted of those crimes were Maria Del Pilar Aleu, Yusmary Duran, Anisleydi Vergel Hermida and Milagros Marile Acosta Torres.
The crimes took place over a span of four and a half years. The total amount embezzled from the scheme was $5.2 million. These particulars in the case were released by the Justice Department.
The husbands’ roles involved the actual work involved in getting the illegal funds as casino employees. The wives had the main responsibility of laundering the funds.
Aleu acted as Miccosukee Casino’s assistant video director. Lavin was a video supervisor. The other two held roles as video technicians. They all had a background in electronic gaming machines (EGM’s).
The casino workers finally came clean. The actual scam took place from January of 2011 through the end of May in 2015. They would take turns servicing a EGM that they reported as faulty. Getting the funds was tied to accessing the machine’s mother board. This also contained a coin-counting device.
As a result of actual court documents, the following is a description of how they got the money:
“The perpetrator would then attach the other end of the wire to a metal surface inside the EGM. Causing the EGM to generate and record false “coin-in” amounts totaling thousands of dollars. One of the four suspects would then cause the EGM to generate false credit vouchers for “coin-in” amounts. And would present the vouchers to Miccosukee Gaming, in exchange for cash.”
Sometimes, Lavin or Aleu would act as a distraction for nearby casino security. The other two would then handle the actual mechanics of the theft.
The wives managed multiple bank accounts to move the cash around. Furthermore, this fails to break the trail even with the use of a shell company. Some of the money was used to buy real estate in Miami Beach. They also bought cars, prepaid college tuition plans and made mortgage payments. Jail time is expected for all eight defendants. Sentencing should take place later this month into March.