Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Slot Cheats Sentenced In Nevada

Two casino cheats listed in Nevada's Black Book and a woman who was their accomplice in a 2006 crime pleaded guilty Tuesday in District Court for their roles in a slot machine-cheating scheme they used at several Las Vegas casinos.

William Cushing and Michael McNeive pleaded guilty to the use of a cheating device in a slot machine, and Susan Lewanda pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cheat at gambling. The trio used the scam at several Las Vegas casinos, including Boulder Station and Fiesta Rancho, in 2006. The three are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 5, 2010.

Police reports indicate surveillance videos show Cushing and Lewanda would stand watch at slot machines while McNeive inserted $1 bills and forged them as $100 bills using the cheating device.

Cushing and McNeive are in Nevada's List of Excluded Persons, otherwise known as the Black Book, and are barred from the state's casinos.