Gaming commission disciplines 11 casinos

Last month, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission approved disciplinary action against 11 casinos.

The most significant action was taken against Century Casino in Central City, which was fined $100,000 and ordered to close for one day for training for its failure to have adequate internal control procedures to account for casino revenue during the first three months of its operation.

The casino opened in July.

In addition, the casino’s former general manager was fined $1,000 and its former internal compliance officer agreed to surrender his key employee license.

The action comes on the heels of a $25,000 fine levied in September against the casino for operating five slot machines that were not approved for use in Colorado.

The operator of the casino, Century Casino Management Inc., also was fined $62,500 for that incident.

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The commission issued an order to show cause to The Virgin Mule in Cripple Creek, alleging 22 charges of gaming violations committed by the casino.

Three of the four owners were issued orders to show cause. The fourth had his key employee license summarily suspended.

Under the terms of the orders, the casino and its owners must provide a written response to the charges within 30 days, before a hearing is scheduled in which they must show cause why disciplinary action ranging from fines to license revocation should not be taken.

The commission approved fines ranging from $250 to $8,500 for nine casinos for operating slot machines with software that the casinos should have replaced after it was revoked for use in Colorado because of technical glitches that did not affect the outcome of the games.

Easy Street and The Famous Bonanza in Central City were fined $250 each.

Creek’s Casino in Cripple Creek was fined $500.

Bull Durham Saloon & Casino in Black Hawk was fined $1,000.

Bronco Billy’s Sports Bar & Casino in Cripple Creek was fined $1,200.

Red Dolly Casino in Black Hawk was fined $1,500.

Legends Casino in Cripple Creed was fined $2,000.

Silver Hawk Casino in Black Hawk was fined $7,000.

Golden Gulch Casino in Black Hawk was fined $8,500.

State prosecutes 21 unemployment fraud cases

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment obtained $236,282.64 in restitution through 21 successful criminal convictions for unemployment insurance fraud during the third quarter of 2006.

Disposition was received for 11 cases in July, with a recovery of $109,362.89.

In Pueblo County, Ronnie Lynn Owens pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of second degree forgery.

She was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation, 100 hours of community service and ordered to make restitution of $12,429.

Disposition was received for seven case in August, with a recovery of $79,955.50.

In El Paso County, Conrad Czajkowski pleaded guilty to an added count of attempted computer crime and was sentenced to one year in the Department of Corrections, with mandatory parole.

He also was ordered to pay restitution of $6,066.

In Pueblo County, Juanita Elaine Romero pleaded guilty to one count of theft, one count of “Theft Series” and one count of computer crime.

She received a four-year unsupervised deferred sentence for the theft and computer crime convictions, 150 hours of community service, one year of unsupervised probation for the misdemeanor conviction and was ordered to pay restitution of $8,503.50.

Disposition was received for five cases in September, with a recovery of $46,964.25.

In El Paso County, Rodney Alan Kaatz pleaded guilty to one count of theft and received a four-year deferred sentence.

He was ordered to complete 60 hours of community service, serve 90 days in jail and pay restitution of $7,716.75.

Suchitra Fergus pleaded guilty to one count of theft and received a four-year deferred sentence.

She was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service for each year of the sentence and to pay restitution of $7,182.

Mark C. Mesa pleaded guilty to felony theft and received a four-year deferred sentence and 400 hours of community service.

He was ordered to pay restitution of $10,188.

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