Alleged Embezzlement Plot Leads to $200,000 Loss for California Tribal Casino

  • Former Red Hawk Tribal Casino manager allegedly stole money along with patron
  • Lines of credit were extended to patron, ranging from $12,000 to $14,000 at a time
  • Casino worker would then fudge books to pretend credit lines had been paid back
  • Bail amounts to be confirmed following arraignment, initially set at $200,000 each
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The Red Hawk Tribal Casino in California reportedly suffered a $200,000 loss as part of an embezzlement scheme involving a former casino employee and a patron. [Image:]

Culprits being brought to justice

Two people who are allegedly responsible for embezzling more than $200,000 in funds from a tribal casino in California were arraigned on November 18.

Prak Pich and Luc Mooc are both facing charges in the El Dorado County Superior Court for stealing money from the Red Hawk Tribal Casino. Judge Mark Ralphs is presiding over the case.

Pich allegedly made alterations to the official documents, pretending that the credit line had been settled by Mooc

According to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Pich, previously a floor manager at the casino facility, gave lines of credit to casino patron Mooc. Pitch allegedly made alterations to the official documents, pretending that the credit line had been settled by Mooc. The authorities believe the money was never paid back. 

Casinos extend lines of credit to certain players so they do not have to carry large sums of cash around with them at a casino. Usually, this money is then repaid shortly after.

A significant sum of money stolen

Becerra went on to say that:

instead of paying back the loans, Mooc and Pich allegedly conspired to steal the funds that would range anywhere from $12,000 to $14,000 at a time.”

No indication was given on the bail amount for the two defendants following their arraignment. The initial bail was $200,000 each. Court documents for the arraignment have not yet been made public.

Arrests made four days earlier

Evidence of potential wrongdoing by the two individuals arose following the collaboration of the Red Hawk casino security team and the Bureau of Gaming Control (part of the California Department of Justice), who proceeded to investigate the matter further. 

The two defendants were arrested on November 14 and held in the El Dorado County Jail until their appearance in court. 

Not the first case for the casino

The Red Hawk Tribal Casino, which is operated by the Shingle Spring Band of Miwok Indians, was also at the center of a $1.1m fraudulent scheme in November 2018.

The case led to a two-year prison sentence for the woman who was found to be behind the plot. The scheme took place over six years and also involved another casino nearby.

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