A previous executive at the Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was sentenced to 32 months for his part in a scheme that involved the casino’s slots and creating bogus loyalty benefits.
Casino fraudster Robert Pellegrini (seen here in December after pleading accountable) will be trading in dapper suits for inmate orange during a prison sentence that is 32-month. He will also have to spend near to a dollars that are half-million restitution to the casino where he once worked.
Robert Pellegrini was VP of player development for the Mohegan Sun when he and two others concocted a scheme to bilk his employers through the use of customers’ stolen loyalty card PIN numbers to play for free, enabling the gang to keep the winnings. The operation ran from May 2014 to April 2015, before Pellegrini ended up being busted.
It was the role of Rochelle Poszeluznyj, a cocktail waitress, to notice down players’ loyalty card PIN numbers as she served them drinks, before passing them onto Pellegrini, whom would create copies of the cards which he then laden up with free slot money. Then it was Mark Joseph Heltzel, a client who had formerly been caught cheating at blackjack but was mysteriously not banned, whom posed as a customer that is regular used the cards to play slots, splitting the winnings among the group.
The court was told the way the trio used $478,100 in free slot play to generate $418,