On Friday, an employee of a casino in Louisiana was arrested after allegedly defrauding a Lake Charles area casino.
The Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles notified the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division in October of 2015 of a possible employee theft, according to the Southwest Daily News. The investigation reportedly revealed that Pattie Somphou, a 45-year-old Lake Charles resident had allegedly illegally manipulated the computer system at the Golden Nugget in order to give customers extra comp points. The total amount of the theft exceeded $2,000. Officials obtained an arrest warrant for Somphou, but she fled the state before it could be served.
Somphou returned to Lake Charles on February 18 and turned herself in to the troopers assigned to the Louisiana State Police Gaming Division. Somphou was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center after being arrested for theft as well as computer fraud. A $3,000 bond was set for her. Punishment includes up to a $13,000 fine, or up to 10 years in prison, or both, if Somphou is convicted of both charges.
The Lake Charles Golden Nugget Casino has been in the news quite a bit lately.
Last month Tilman Fertitta, the owner of the Golden Nugget, announced a 300-room hotel tower would be added to the casino resort, for which construction has already begun. The casino, which is approximately three hours from Houston, has been opened since December 2014. Fertitta has Golden Nugget casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Las Vegas, Biloxi, Mississippi and the major petrochemical refining town of Lake Charles.
In addition to the expansion announcement, in November a blackjack dealer at the Golden Nugget casino was arrested after security at the L’Auberge Casino Resort, also in Lake Charles, tipped off the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division that casino surveillance agents had observed the Golden Nugget Casino employee exchanging casino chips from the Golden Nugget for L’Auberge casino chips.