$20K Craps Cheating Scheme Lands Mohegan PA Casino Dealer And Patron In Jail

Written By Brian Cross on January 7, 2023
Two charged in Mohegan PA casino cheating scheme

Casinos everywhere have big money on the line at all times. With many hands involved in dealing, playing and moving money around in casinos, it pays to be vigilant. Of course, casinos in Pennsylvania have high levels of surveillance to keep an eye out for cheating and theft.

And good thing they do. Last month a dealer and a patron at Mohegan Pennsylvania allegedly colluded to cheat at an electronic craps game.

Pennsylvania State Police arrested dealer Jason Richard Kutney, 52, of Bear Creek and patron Louis Attilo Grasso, 66, of New York for the cheating scheme.

Electronic craps cheating scheme at Mohegan Pennsylvania

The game in question involves a 30-second clock, allowing patrons to place bets before the dealer presses a button to reveal the winning numbers. In an affidavit, Kutney admitted to pressing the button early to allow Grasso to see the numbers before he placed his bets.

According to police, Grasso won $17,521 with the scheme on December 30 and another $4,125 pulling the scam on Thursday.

The pair have been charged with criminal conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property, and fraud to manipulate win.

Kutney and Grasso were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, each on a $25,000 bail.

Penalty for cheating at a PA casino

Cheating at a PA casino can land a perpetrator in prison for 1-6 years along with a $10,000 fine.

Public filings for Involuntary Exclusion, archived on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s website, show four individuals banned from PA casinos for cheating in December.

The cases include one instance of dealer and patron collusion which occurred at Wind Creek.

PA’s involuntary exclusion list names over 1,100 individuals who are banned from entering or gaming at casinos in the state. However, most weren’t banned for cheating. Their names, pictures and reasons for exclusion are all listed online at the PGCB’s website.

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