Plains Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania – Three people scam Mohegan Sun Pocono casino out of $400K


Posted on the 20th of January 2016

Plains Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania – Three people scam Mohegan Sun Pocono casino out of $400K

Three people were charged on Tuesday the 19th of January with fraud involving free slot play. According to investigators, the scheme involved three people and was carried out as follows. Rochelle Poszeluznyj of Kingston worked at the casino as a beverage server. She would bring drinks to the customers. Some of the customers chose to pay for the drinks using their player cards. Poszeluznyj would then record the customer’s name, card number and the PIN of the player cards that were used to pay for the drinks. Poszeluznyj would then give that information to Robert Pellegrini of Mountain Top. Pellegrini worked at the casino as the vice president of player development. Using the card information that Poszeluznyj had given him, Pellegrini created duplicate player cards, and increased the comps for free slot play on the duplicate cards. The duplicate cards were then given to Mark Heltzel of Dallas. Heltzel didn’t work at the casino, and would take the duplicate player cards and play using only the excess fraudulent money on the cards so the owners of the original cards would not get suspicious. Heltzel would then split his winnings with his two co-conspirators. Between May 2014 until April 2015, the scam used $480,000 of fraudulent money, and generated a total payout of approximately $419,000.

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