Racino employees busted in casino card heist

A technician puts the finishing touches last year on a video gambling machine at Resorts World New York, where two employees were charged with stealing cards and selling them to patrons.
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Two employees of the Aqueduct racino were charged last week with stealing casino player cards with $100 worth of credit and selling them to casino patrons, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

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

Resorts World Casino New York City employees Moises Jones, 29, of 6645 Broadway in the Bronx, and Rolanda Roberts, 33, of 1280 Greene Ave. in Brooklyn, were arraigned last week before Queens Criminal Court Judge Lenora Gerald on charges of grand larceny, forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, falsifying business records and criminal possession of stolen property, Brown said.

Jones was ordered held on $5,000 bail and Roberts was released on her own recognizance, Brown said.

Both of them face up to seven years in prison if convicted of the charges and were next scheduled to appear in court March 9.

The employees allegedly made up 71 fraudulent comp cards using Jones’ specifically designated employee access code, Brown said.

Each card had a fictitious name on it and represented $100 in casino credit, the DA said.

Also arraigned in the case were casino players Sonny Vlado, 40, of 3524 Ave. S in Brooklyn, and Richard Ulado, 45, of 5710 Flatlands Ave., both in Brooklyn, Brown said.

The men were charged in a criminal complaint with criminal possession of a forged instrument, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, the DA said.

Vlado and Ulado also face up to seven years in prison if convicted and their next court date was scheduled for March 12.

Jones allegedly told authorities he had been making the fraudulent cards for about a month and that he made about 50 to 200 fictitious accounts and about $2,000 in profit and that Roberts was the one who handed the cards to casino clients, the DA said.

Authorities recovered 24 forged cards from Roberts when she was arrested, Brown said.

Roberts told authorities Jones would create the fake accounts and she received about 100 to 125 cards from Jones, which she would pass off to a select group of people “for which she would receive something at the end of the night,” the DA said.

Vlado and Ulado were allegedly seen using seven different fake Resorts World cards between 11 p.m. Feb. 18 and 4:30 a.m. Feb. 19, Brown said.

The DA said the cards the men used did not have their names on them and they were not authorized to use the cards.

Updated 5:46 pm, February 29, 2012
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