Dakota Sioux Casino was fleeced of some $10,000 by a former blackjack dealer. Operated by Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, the casino is located on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, a few miles from Watertown.
Forty-two-year old Jeremy K. Brown pleaded guilty to the crime of felony conspiracy in the federal court early May 2017.
The crime happened in December 31, 2015, and January 1, 2016. Brown revealed that the scheme involved working with cohorts to pinch cash from the casino.
Aside from Brown, guilty as charged were 44 year-old Lito B. Bolocon; 52-year old Fern F. Gill; and 29-year old Jordan A. Rondell. Court records showed that Jeremy K. Brown and Fern F. Gill worked at the casino as blackjack dealers. Bolocon was the one in charge of the gaming pit allotted for blackjack, whereas Rondell took the role of a card player.
The accusation is that Rondell was paid by Gill and Brown to bet on losing hands. On the other hand, Bolocon allegedly permitted the payouts. Court documents showed that Bolocon, Gill, and Brown took their share of the payouts. In February of the same year, the accused were indicted.
Dismissed upon Brown’s guilty plea is a second charge of theft by an employee of a gaming establishment on Indian land, including a betting and aiding.
Gill, Bolocon, and Rondell have not pleaded guilty. On the 24th of July 2017, their trial will proceed at Aberdeen’s federal court. Each of the accused is charged with felony theft by an employee of a gaming establishment on Indian land including a betting and aiding, and felony conspiracy.
On August 1, 2017, Jeremy K. Brown’s sentencing will commence. One of the stipulations in the agreement is a $2,000 restitution payment. Brown is facing a possible maximum sentence of 5-year imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.