A (now former) blackjack dealer has admitted to stealing $10,000 from the casino where he worked. This month, Jeremy Brown, age 42, pleaded guilty in federal court to a felony conspiracy charge. According to court documents, from December 2015 to January 2016, he worked with three other people in order to steal money from the Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel in Watertown, South Dakota.
Because of his admittance, his second charge of ‘theft by an employee of a gaming establishment on Indian land and aiding and abetting' was subsequently dismissed. According to his signed plea agreement, he must pay $2,000 in restitution.
The other three suspects, Jordan Rondell (age 29), Lito Bolocon (age 44) and Fern Gill (age 52) have pleaded not guilty to charges of felony conspiracy and felony theft by an employee of a gaming establishment on Indian land and aiding and abetting. They shall go to trial in Aberdeen federal court this July.
The court documents state that Rondell was a card player, Bolocon was the pit boss overlooking the blackjack gaming area, while Brown and Gill were the blackjack dealers there.
Even if Rondell had bet on losing hands, Brown and Gill still allegedly paid him, for which Bolocon is accused of knowingly permitting it. Bolocon, along with Brown and Gill, were accused of getting a portion of the money. All three were indicted in February.
Meanwhile, Brown's sentencing is scheduled in August 1.
He faces a $250,000 fine and a sentence of up to five years in jail.