Pennsylvania Casino Scam Accused Gets 18 Months In Federal Prison

Gambler Mark Joseph Heltzel, the 52-year-old Dallas resident, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for his involvement in a scheme, defrauding a Pennsylvania casino, Mohegan Sun Pocono of more than $420,000.

Hetzel pleaded guilty to conspiracy involving money laundering along with two former employees of the casino.

According to prosecutors, Rochelle Poszeluznyj, 39, a cocktail waitress at the casino, would pass the information of the players, to the former vice president of the player development, Robert Joseph Pellegrini. He would then make copies of the card using his executive casino access and put them on free play. Hetzel used these cards to make $422,147 from May 2014 to April 2015.

Hetzel asked for leniency in court citing his embarrassment saying he was “lost” and “arrogant” when he committed the crimes. Hetzel has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison along with a yearlong probation. He has also been ordered to repay the amount of $420,147 along with his co-conspirators.

Poszeluznyj is set to be sentenced on August 31 and got only $2,000 share of the total amount. Pellegrini was described as the guiltiest one to the money-laundering crime got 32 months in federal prison in June.

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