Caesars seeks restitution in sportsbook case |

Caesars seeks restitution in sportsbook case

A former employee at Caesars Tahoe sportsbook who reportedly lost more than $20,000 by writing more than 50 horse-racing tickets had his court appearance continued so a restitution plan can be finalized.

Rodney Schilling appeared in court Tuesday with his attorney William Cole, who said both sides were working on a restitution plan to repay Caesars roughly $23,000 that Schilling allegedly lost one day while working.

Schilling is scheduled to next appear in court on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m.

He hasn’t pleaded to a felony charge of embezzlement or theft because Tahoe Township Justice Court only hears misdemeanor cases. The judge hears felonies to decide if there is enough evidence to send the matter down to Minden where pleas, trials and sentencing occur.

Dina Salvucci, deputy district attorney for Douglas County, said her office will decide whether to pursue the embezzlement or theft charge based on evidence. Both charges hold the same penalty of one to 10 years in state prison, plus fines. Probation is available, meaning Schilling could avoid time behind bars.

Schilling lost his job after the July 29 incident when he told his supervisor of the bets and subsequent losses.

Outside the courtroom, Schilling said he was taking a flight to Indiana to start work with his father and brother in the family’s masonry business.

“I just want to get this behind me,” an apologetic Schilling said, adding later that he “wished I would’ve told my supervisor sooner.”

Schilling declined to say why he reportedly went after the money.

Chris Harootunian, a risk manager for Caesars, sat through a long Tuesday calender until Schilling’s case was called. Harootunian declined to talk about the case, only saying the hotel-casino was interested in receiving their money back.

Schilling was arrested by the Nevada State of Gaming Control Board on July 29 and made $25,000 bail the next day.

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