2012-03-02 / Top Stories

DA Announces Aqueduct Casino Arrests

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that two employees at Resort World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack have been charged with generating and distributing between 70 and 200 fraudulent casino player cards – each one representing $100 in casino credit – over the last seven weeks. Two casino players were also charged with unlawfully using at least seven of the cards at the casino.

Brown said, “Employee theft is a major concern for the gaming industry and my office. In this case, the defendants took a gamble and lost – big time. They now face having felony criminal records and the real possibility of incarceration.”

The District Attorney identified two of the defendants as casino employees Moises Jones, 29, of 6645 Broadway in the Bronx, and Rolanda Roberts, 33, of 1280 Greene Avenue in Brooklyn. Both defendants were arraigned on Tuesday, February 21, before Queens Criminal Court Judge Lenora Gerald on a criminal complaint charging each of them with one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, 24 counts of second-degree forgery, 24 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, 24 counts of first-degree falsifying business records and 24 counts of fifthdegree criminal possession of stolen property. Jones was ordered held on $5,000 bail and Roberts was released on her own recognizance. The two defendants, who each face up to seven years in prison if convicted, were ordered to return to court on March 9, 2012.

Arraigned on Monday, February 20, 2012, before Queens Criminal Court Judge Barry Kron, were casino players Sonny Vlado, 40, of 3524 Avenue S in Brooklyn, and Richard Ulado, 45, of 5710 Flatlands Avenue, also in Brooklyn, on a criminal complaint charging each of them with one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, one count of petit larceny and one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. The two defendants, who face up to seven years in prison if convicted, were released on their own recognizance and ordered to return to court on March 12, 2012.

District Attorney Brown said that casino player cards are complimentary cards authorized and issued by Resort World Casino to certain players and bear the names of those duly authorized players.

According to the charges, at least 71 fraudulent casino player cards – each one bearing a fictitious name and representing $100 in casino credit – were generated using the specifically designated employee access code of defendant Moises Jones.

It is additionally alleged that in statements made to casino authorities, Jones said that he had been making fraudulent player cards for about a month, during which time he had made about 50 to 200 accounts and approximately $2,000 in profit, and that defendant Roberts was the one who handed the cards to casino clients.

At the time of her arrest, it is alleged that casino authorities recovered 24 of the forged player cards from Roberts.

Roberts, in turn, allegedly stated to authorities that Jones would create the fake accounts and that she had received from Jones approximately 100 to 125 cards, which she would pass off to a select group of people, for which she would receive something at the end of the night

It is also charged that defendants Vlado and Ulado were observed using a total of seven different fictitious player cards at Resort World Casino between 11:00 p.m. on February 18, 2012 and 4:30 a.m. on February 19, 2012. It is alleged that the cards were fraudulent in that none of them bore the names of either Vlado or Ulado but in fact were imprinted with the names of fictitious individuals who were not duly authorized by the casino to receive player cards.

The investigation was conducted by Tim Pearson, security director for Resorts World Casino, and by detectives assigned to the New York City Police Department’s 106 Precinct Detective Squad.

Resorts World Casino opened at Aqueduct Ractrack in October 2011 and has seen a record number of visitors in the short time it’s been open for business.

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