Pennsylvania gaming regulators have fined The Meadows Racetrack & Casino for incidents last summer in which three gamblers allegedly conspired to win more than $400,000 in false jackpots.
In a consent agreement, the state Gaming Control Board fined The Meadows $48,900 for incidents between June and August. The casino had internal control violations that led to the improper payout of the false jackpots, the board said.
The three men, Andre Nestor, Kerry Laverde and Patrick Loushil, have been charged by Washington County authorities in the alleged scam.
The gamblers were able, through “a complex series of button presses and screen changes, to manipulate a slot machine so that it would create false payouts,” the board said. An investigation began after observations by one of the on-site officials of the gaming board. All three men have been placed on the board’s “casino exclusion list” that bans them from entering any Pennsylvania casino.
The board issued three citations to the casino: a $6,900 fine for improperly activating software without first getting board approval; a $30,000 fine for 15 days of gambling where variances in jackpots weren't properly investigated; and a $12,000 fine for paying a jackpot to a patron who wasn’t the winning bettor.
The Meadows, which cooperated with board investigators and state police, has taken steps to prevent such payouts in the future.
Pennsylvania regulators fine The Meadows casino in connection with gamblers' scam
February 18, 2010