Six Accused of Scamming Casino in Sault Ste. Marie

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) Six people are being indicted for allegedly scamming the Kewadin Casino Hotel & Resort in the eastern U.P. out of nearly $10,000.

The feds say Joe Michael Koster used a device known as a “light wand” to trick a video poker machine at the Sault Ste. Marie casino into paying out winnings far in excess of what he was owed. Five other people are accused of aiding Koster in his scheme which began in July 2009, and ended June 25, 2011.

They all have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and theft from a gaming establishment on Indian land, according to recently unsealed indictments filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

The casino is operated by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

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