Gambling & Casino Fraud
Many 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.
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