Former casino employee sentenced for illegal slot machine sales | NevadaAppeal.com

Former casino employee sentenced for illegal slot machine sales

Geoff Dornan, Appeal Capitol Bureau

A former Treasure Island Casino employee has been sentenced to a year in prison for illegally selling 116 of the casino’s slot machines.

According to court records, Pedro Mata was a slot supervisor when he arranged for the sale of slots to a gaming operation in Clayton, Ohio. He kept the money and, according to U.S. Attorney for Nevada, Daniel Bogden, used it to pay off his personal car loans, vacations, house payments and credit cards.

Mata had no authority to sell slot machines at the casino.

In addition to the prison sentence, he was ordered to make restitution to Treasure Island Casino, one of the Mirage properties, totaling $176,000.

He will follow his prison term with three years of supervised parole.

The prosecution followed an investigation by the FBI and Nevada Gaming Control Board.