According to U.S. Attorney Bruce Brandler, 30-year-old Ashley Brosius was charged “in a criminal information with conspiracy to commit money laundering,” the Pocono Record reports. Brosius, a resident of Stroudsburg, was a former player-coordinator at the Mount Pocono casino.
According to U.S. Attorney Brandler, Brosius and a co-conspirator, who has not been indicted, used names that were stolen along with personal identification numbers which were linked to player’s club cards. The unindicted co-conspirator reportedly aided Brosius in using the stolen information to create copies of player club cards. Brosius reportedly loaded the duplicate cards with free slot play credits and gave them to the individual to use to gamble primarily at the slots, according to the news agency.
The Pocono Record reports that the criminal complaint alleges that the money laundering scheme began in November of 2014 and continued until November 2015. The fraudulent play reportedly amounted to approximately $140,000.
The case was reportedly investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations. According to U.S. Attorney Brandler, the offense carries a maximum penalty under federal law of 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $500,000, and following imprisonment, a period of supervised release.
Casinos and the IRS are serious about their money folks.
Located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, about two hours from Philadelphia, New York City, and northern New Jersey, the Mount Airy Casino Resort opened on October 22, 2007. The casino resort is owned and operated by Mount Airy, No. 1, LLC, after having gone through a corporate restructuring in September 2009.