An ex-cocktail waitress at Mohegan Sun casino involved in a high-stakes scheme to cheat the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino of almost $420,000 pleaded guilty last Thursday (September 8) to a federal money laundering charge (click here to read the full story on the scam).
Rochelle Poszeluznyj, age 38, a resident of Kingston, struck a plea deal on August 1 with federal prosecutors, agreeing to admit that she helped a casino bigshot (the casino's VP of player development) and a frequent customer secure personal ID numbers for rewards cards that the two men later duplicated and used to collect roughly $419,000.
According to court records, on September 8 Thursday, before US District Judge A. Richard Caputo, Poszeluznyj entered the plea on a single count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. She was then released on her own recognizance pending her sentencing.
The ex-waitress has faced many charges in county court, including 174 felonies, but they were withdrawn when federal prosecutors charged her in a criminal information filed on July 30.
Prosecutors state that she could face up to 20 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release and fines totaling up to $500,000. If she accepts responsibility for the crime, her sentence may be reduced. She will be sentenced on December 13.
As for the other two men involved with the scam, they have pleaded not guilty, but are engaged in plea talks with federal prosecutors.