Ex-dealer sentenced in $17K Pa. casino scam

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 5, 2017 2:59 AM

FILE - Patrons play the slot machines at Harrah's Casino in Chester. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Wilkes-Barre) -- A former dealer has been sentenced to two years of probation for conspiring to help gamblers cheat a Pennsylvania casino out of more than $17,000.

Dustin Raynor Laird was sentenced Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre after he previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft. He must pay the Mohegan Sun Pocono $8,800 in restitution.

Two co-defendants have also been ordered to pay restitution in the case.

Authorities say the 31-year-old Laird, a pai gow dealer from Wilkes-Barre, rigged multiple outcomes while dealing the game. Pai gow is a Chinese betting game played with a set of dominoes.

Law enforcement officials observed Laird moving the tiles from losing to winning spots several times on two separate occasions in 2014.

Laird's attorney says his client has accepted responsibility from the start.

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