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Michigan Man Arrested For Using Prosthetic Faces To Steal From Casinos

Michigan Man Stole Identities Of VIP Gamblers At MGM Grand Detroit To Obtain Six-Figures Worth Of Cash Advances In Their Name

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A Michigan man is in federal custody in Kansas after being arrested for using a prosthetic face mask to disguise his true identity and pose as elderly gamblers to rip off casinos.

According to a Detroit News report, John Colletti, 55, scammed a Michigan casino out of nearly $100,000 by using disguises and fake IDs to pose as VIP gamblers and obtain cash advances from casino kiosk machines. Gamblers who obtained a certain status level in the casino’s rewards program were eligible to obtain cash advances at a kiosk, instead of an in-person transaction at the casino cage.

Colletti allegedly stole identities of older gamblers who obtained that status. He would create counterfeit driver’s licenses with their information and use it to verify the transaction. He regularly withdrew five-figures worth of cash from several machines.

According to authorities, the kiosks were surveilled by video cameras located inside the machine, prompting Colletti’s disguise. Authorities suspect Colletti of running the scheme on 10 victims at the MGM Grand Detroit from April-May 2019. In total, he took $98,840 out of the Detroit casino.

Colletti was arrested on March 12 at a tribal casino in Kansas when surveillance showed Colletti disguised as an elderly man withdrawing $20,000 from several kiosks. Staff on hand was familiar with the Michigan scam and made casino security approach Colletti about the withdrawals.

The interaction sparked Colletti to head to the restroom, remove the disguise and leave the casino. Authorities apprehended him shortly after and found four prosthetic face masks and numerous fake IDs. He is being held in Kansas without bond until he can be transported back to Michigan.