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Man gets probation in casino blackjack conspiracy case

September 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Blackjack News

By Elisa Sand, Dakota Media Group

A man who admitted his involvement in a casino blackjack scheme was sentenced to two years on probation Friday.

Jeremy K. Brown was one of four people indicted in February and charged in a blackjack scam involving the theft of $10,000 from Dakota Sioux Casino near Watertown.

During a federal court hearing in Aberdeen, he was also ordered to make $2,000 in restitution and pay a $100 special assessment. Both have already been paid.

“This is by far the stupidest mistake I’ve ever made,” Brown said in court.

Brown, then 42; was charged along with Jordan A. Rondell, then 29; Lito B. Bolocon, then 44; and Fern F. Gill, then 52.

Gill pleaded not guilty and was acquitted of charges during a trial on Aug. 22 in Aberdeen. According to court documents, Gill’s attorney defense Chris Dohrer requested a judgment of acquittal after the prosecution presented its evidence. Judge Charles Kornmann granted the request.

A judgment of acquittal is granted when a judge doesn’t believe enough evidence has been presented by prosecutors for a conviction. When it happens, the defense doesn’t have to present evidence or call witnesses.

The three men all pleaded guilty to felony charges of conspiracy as part of plea agreements. Bolocon and Rondell are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 20.

According to court documents, the charges stem from incidents on Dec. 31, 2015, and Jan. 1, 2016. Brown and Gill were blackjack dealers at the casino, Rondell was a card player and Bolocon was the pit boss supervising the blackjack gaming area. Brown was also part-time pit boss.

It was alleged that Brown and Gill paid Rondell for bets on losing hands.

Bolocon was accused of knowingly allowing the payouts and not following the casino’s policy of rotating dealers.

“Clearly Mr. Brown wasn’t the ringleader in this conspiracy,” Kornmann said.

He noted that Brown paid his restitution even though he did not receive any money from Rondell.

Other charges against Brown, Rondell and Bolocon were dismissed in exchange for their guilty pleas.

Dakota Sioux Casino is 5 miles north of Watertown on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation. It is operated by the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.

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