Ex-casino worker accused of rigging slots, stealing jackpots

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In this Feb. 14, 2019 photo, patrons play the slot-style machines at the Ponca Tribe’s Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa. Some 150 years after suffering the loss of tribal lands and near-extinction at the hands of the U.S. government, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is celebrating a triumph with the opening of a […]

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — A former employee of a casino in Mississippi has been accused of rigging slot machines and taking money from fake jackpots.

The Sun Herald reported Wednesday that 28-year-old Geavoni Reese will be tried on felony embezzlement charges. The Silver Slipper Casino has filed a civil lawsuit against Reese too after it fired her in 2017.

The civil suit in Hancock County court accuses Reese of fraud. The casino is seeking to have her pay back the money she’s accused of taking plus damages. It alleges she took at least $36,000 through 81 false transactions.

Reese’s attorney Jim Davis says she didn’t keep the money and that another employee orchestrated the scam.

The newspaper isn’t naming the employee Reese accused because prosecutors say she’s the only worker charged in their case.

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