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Former Casino Vice President, Cocktail Waitress Accused Of $400K Slot Machine Scheme

More Than $400K Stolen From Property, Pennsylvania Says


A former casino vice president, a cocktail waitress and a regular gambler are accused of having conspired together to steal more than $400,000 from a Pennsylvania casino.

The state alleges that between May 2014 and April 2015, Robert Pellegrini, a former executive at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, employee Rochelle Poszeluznyj and patron Mark Heltzel worked together in a slot machine scheme that netted them each a share of $418,793. According to the Associated Press, they each face more than 170 counts including theft, identity theft and criminal conspiracy.

Pellegrini, 50, is accused of using card numbers handed off to him by Poszeluznyj, who had obtained them when customers paid for drinks. Pellegrini allegedly made duplicate casino player cards, which were then given to Heltzel for slot machine play.

According to the state police Bureau of Gaming, they were able to use $478,100 in free slot play to generate $418,793 in ill-gotten winnings. The state was alerted to the alleged scheme by another employee at the casino, according to a report from