Tens of Thousands Stolen from Gun Lake Casino by Former Employee

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A former employee of Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan, has confessed to stealing more than $84,500 in cash from the venue over the course of 14 months. Jordan Lewis Cook faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. His sentencing is scheduled to take place in January.

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Money Stolen from Cash-Out Machines

Cook was responsible for maintaining and unblocking the casino’s cash-out machines. He used his position to steal money between September 2021 and November 2022. In order to carry out his job, he would open the machines using a key card, take out the cassettes holding the cash, and then deal with any folded or out-of-place notes. At the same time, he would help himself to some of the cash.

He has admitted to theft on at least 32 occasions and took a total of $84,564. The federal charge was brought in March, he had his arrangement in May and was then released on a $100,000 bail. He admitted his guilt last August, and according to the terms of his plea deal, he must refund the full amount to the casino.

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Second Michigan Worker Charged with Casino Thefts

In a second case in Michigan, a cash cage supervisor at the Four Winds Hartford Casino has been accused of stealing $700,000. Danika Young has been arrested and bail is now set at $1 million.

According to Young, she received a phone call and was told to take the money to Indiana. However, the funds are still unaccounted for. She is facing charges related to embezzlement and may spend up to 20 years in prison. The bail was set at such a large amount over fears that Young would flee using the unrecovered stolen funds.

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