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Federal indictment lists 42 in casino rip-off scheme

TOPPENISH – Allegedly, a long-term scam run by an employee and involving at least 42 people stole thousands of dollars from Legends Casino during its 15th anniversary promotional drawings in February through May of this year.

In an indictment filed in the Eastern District Court of Washington, Juan Reyes Correa, an employee of the marketing department of the casino, is accused of rigging weekly promotional drawings to pre-select winners in exchange for part of the prize money.

The promotion involved a weekly drawing of entries put into a large tumbler. After a name was called, the winner had three minutes to claim the prize or another name would be called. Winners then selected a number off a game board which determined how much money they had won.

Correa and other marketing employees are accused of pre-selecting winners, telling those winners when their name would be called and telling them which numbers to pick on the game board.

Arianna Rosales is accused of conspiring to steal $3,000 in two drawings. Mark Dale Petty is accused of conspiring to steal $2,750 in two drawings. Raul Zaragoza Arellano is accused of conspiring to steal $2,250 in two drawings. Arnoldo G. Sanchez is accused of conspiring to steal $2,000 in two drawings.

Those accused of conspiring to steal $2,500 in a single drawing are Rosa Maria Romero, Bricia Ayala, Ricardo Garcia, Florencia Calderon De Ortiz, Kurtis James Crowder, Exmeralda Garcia and Nasario Antonio Gonzalez.

Accused of conspiring to steal $1,500 in a single drawing are Jasmin Rebecca Jiminez, Ernesto Cipriano, Melinda Samantha Rivera, Ximena Livier Prieto, Daniel Junior Zuniga, Victor Daniel Gaona Jr., Martin Guadalupe Bosquez, Samuel Dan R. Olney, Paul Reyes, Brandon James Hinchey and Eva Dawn Kaiser.

People accused of conspiring to steal $1,000 in a single drawing are Adriana Casandra Jiminez, Sandra Herrera, Crystal Garza, Alberto Garza Jr., Omar Zavala, Meagen Mae Foley, Cecilio Aldaco Jr., Juan Ramon Rodriguez Jr., Laura Louise Rodriguez, Eric Charles Kilthau, Marty Anthony Santana and Derrick Shane McKinney.

Accused of conspiring to steal $750 in a single drawing are Alejandro Arellano, Shelia Louise Randall, Alexander Martin Gallegos, Gabriel Louis Limon and Kennedy Gregory Tannehill-Chavez.

Samuel Espinoza and Cody Nathaniel Thomas are each accused of conspiring to steal $500 in a single drawing.

Although no other casino employees have been named, the indictment indicates that other employees in the marketing department may have been involved in the conspiracy.

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