Either the Indiana Gaming Commission agent doesn’t like fast food, or maybe he should have offered some super-sized Big Macs instead?
Of course, when it comes to being arrested due to a gambling-related crime, it is very risky to bribe your way out of this mess, but if you are desperate, remember that bribing someone with fast food is not the very best of ideas out there, most especially if you don’t even have the mouthwatering burgers and fries on hand.
In late July, a man from Indiana was arrested at the Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg after he was caught cheating at a baccarat game via “past post” betting. This means that he attempted to place a bet after the game’s outcome was revealed. Even if the stakes at the time were low, it is still deemed a serious crime.
Justin Athey, age 34, denied trying to cheat the casino when he was confronted by an on-site agent of the state’s Gaming Commission. However, Athey did something unusual to get out of this predicament.
The Indiana Gaming Commission agent wrote in a probable cause affidavit, “When I advised Athey that what he had done was considered Cheating at a Gambling Game and that it was a Level 6 Felony, he immediately said that he didn’t mean to do it. He said I wouldn’t try and cheat the casino. Athey asked if he was going to jail; he said I can’t go to jail, I’m here trying to make my house payment. He also said I’ll get you as many free [McDonald’s] Big Macs that you want.”
Of course, the offer went up in smoke, and on August 7 Athey was charged with the felony.
If convicted, Athey is looking at six months to approximately two years behind bars.
Here’s a copy of the affidavit filed by the Indiana Gaming Commission agent: