Gambling & Casino Fraud

Casino and Gambling CrimesMany people travel from around the world to enjoy the glitz and glamour that the Las Vegas strip provides. One of the city’s many highlights is the ability to gamble. To ensure the casinos are catering to their many guests, they created casino markers and debts, which can be thought of as their own form of currency. These markers are checks the casino will give to the tourist to use inside the specific casino that issued it. The guest has to agree to par the marker off in a short period of time with their own money. These markers are usually interest-free when paid on-time.

It is important to know not all credit is equal, and these casino markers are not similar to the credit a bank will give you. Having an unpaid “marker” can result in a felony conviction because it will be considered similar to not having sufficient funds in your account when you write a check. Nevada is the only state with legalized gambling that will impose criminal and civil penalties for those who do not pay their casino debts. Often times, charges regarding an unpaid casino marker will be categorized as a felony.

When it comes to a dishonored marker, the casino will often refer the matter to Bad Check Unit (BCU) of the District Attorney’s office for prosecution. The BCU will send a notice to work out the payment within 10 days before they refer the case for prosecution. It is usually presumed if a marker has not been paid within five days of the notice, the individual was attempting to defraud the casino. Because the casino markers are not legally enforceable as collectible debt, the casino will treat these markers as a check, withdrawing the money from a person’s bank accounts, if they do not pay their debt.

Penalties for unpaid markers can include:

  • Misdemeanor charges if the unpaid marker was less than $250, punishable by up to six months in jail and fines up to $10,000.
  • Category D Felony if the unpaid marker is more than $650, punishable by one to four years in prison and a possible fine up to $5,000.

Las Vegas Casino Marker Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders

It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your case. The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to your charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm.

We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333. You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today!

The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. He and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.

Fraud Crimes

Crimes categorized as fraud are typically defined as a non-violent crime that involves deception, concealment, theft or scheme. There are many different types of fraudulent crimes and each one is a known practice area that The Defenders can assist with. Some of these crimes are not only charged at a state level, but they can also be charged at the federal level. The fraudulent crimes that you might be faced with are:

  • White Collar Crimes: Many times, white-collar crimes are committed by business professionals, public officials, or other professional people with the means and access to commit such crimes. Depending on the type of white-collar crime committed, it can be investigated and prosecuted by the state or the federal government.
  • Gambling and Casino: Scheming to beat the house in an unethical or illegal way. The most common casino and gambling crimes are inside jobs, chip grab-and-runs, and craps cheats. These and many other fraud crimes are committed at casinos daily in Las Vegas.
  • Casino Markers: Gambling is all fun and games until you are unable to pay the casino back for the marker they have loaned you. But, failure to pay these debts can result in serious criminal charges.
  • Workers’ Compensation: Making a false injury claim and accepting workers’ compensation payment you do not really deserve or are entitled to.
  • Insurance: Making false insurance claims to benefit yourself is a crime that will place you in an unnecessary position.
  • Identity Theft: Sometimes we envy what others have, but stealing their personal identification information to access their money or property is a crime. An identity theft conviction can have a negative impact on your future endeavors, especially if you are convicted of a felony.
  • Unemployment: When you/employer purposely mislead the government to obtain unemployment benefits is considered a fraudulent activity that is punishable with fines and possible imprisonment.
  • Mortgage: Placing false information on a mortgage loan application to obtain a larger loan than would have originally been given.
  • Telemarketing: This refers to any fraudulent selling conducted over the telephone.
  • Advance Fee Schemes: This type of scam usually involves the promising of a large sum of money in exchange for a small up-front payment. Partaking in this type of scam is a fraud crime and can get you in serious trouble with the law.
  • Health Insurance Fraud: This is a crime in not only the state law, but also federal law. This type of fraud is when someone knowingly presents any dishonest statement to an insurance company that leads to a claim or insurance policy decision being made under false evidences.
  • Investment Scams: Also known as securities or stock fraud, this is when investors make purchases or sales based on false information, theft from investors, stock manipulation, or false information on a company’s financial report.
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  • Wire Fraud: This form of fraudulent activity takes place using information technology or telecommunications to perform some type of financial fraud.
  • Bank Fraud: This criminal offense is using illegal actions to obtain money, assets, or other property by posing as a bank or other financial institution.
  • Money Laundering: Transferring money acquired illegally to a foreign bank account in attempts to conceal the illegal source of money.
  • Corporate Fraud: This crime is when an individual or a company partakes in fraudulent and illegal activities that bring forth an advantage to the individual or company.
  • Embezzlement: This usually occurs in an employment or corporate setting and is defined as the theft of assets by someone who is put in a position of trust or responsibility over the stolen assets.
  • Forgery: You may have heard forgery is simply signing someone else’s name on a document – for example, a paycheck – but this is not true. Forgery only occurs when someone intends to commit fraud or damage someone out of property, money or legal rights.
  • Bribery: Most bribery charges are going to be a felony, which can lead to hefty fines and prison time. There are several types of bribery in the State of Nevada, including: the bribery of a public official, witness, juror, or judge, any bribery that has to do with sports, or any type of commercial bribery.
  • Tax Evasion: If you have purposely evaded an assessment or payment of a tax, you are looking at tax evasion, which can lead to imprisonment and fines.
  • Government Fraud: Any kind of fraud committed against or involving the federal government will be considered government fraud.

Las Vegas Fraud Crime Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders

It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your case. The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to your charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm.

We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333.You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today!

The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. He and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.