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Blackjack Dealer Fined $75,000 for $500 Theft

August 8th, 2011 by Site Admin

Matthew Eisenberg, a 26 year old blackjack dealer who worked at the Rivers Casino, was recently fined $75,000 for stealing $500 worth of chips from the casino. Considering that the fine is more than a hundred times more than what he stole, Eisenberg’s case proves that crime does not pay.

Eisenberg, who was supposedly not content with his pay would now and then lift $1 and $5 chips and drop them into his tip jar to hike his earnings.

Eventually, security officials at Rivers Casino became highly suspicious of Eisenberg as his everyday tip grew from $200 to $500. They then observed Eisenberg and caught him. Later it was revealed that he had robbed the casino on 108 different occasions, which eventually put him behind bars after being held in court under the scrutiny of Judge Joseph K. Williams III at the Allegheny County Common Pleas.

Apart from the compensation and one year probation, Eisenberg was alarmed by the $75,000 fine imposed on him for this misdemeanor. Responding to the matter, Eisenberg’s Attorney, Michael Santicola said that there have been many crimes that have taken place at casinos before, but this punishment had been taken too far.

Zappala, District Attorney commented, “We believe that the crime fits the statute as written and we believe that the General Assembly wrote the statute to protect the integrity of the casino process. We believe that it’s important for the patrons of the casino to know that there is a process in place to keep them from being ripped off and to deter the type of behavior that was described in court.”

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