Convicted cheater recommended for casino ‘black book’
May 8, 2008
LAS VEGAS – William Cushing, imprisoned in the 1980s for gambling-related cheating violations and facing trial in November on new slot-cheating charges, was recommended Thursday for Nevada’s “black book” of unsavory types barred from casinos.
The state Gaming Control Board’s recommendation goes to its parent Nevada Gaming Commission, which will have final say. No date has been set for a commission hearing on Cushing’s proposed inclusion in the book, formally known as the state’s List of Excluded Persons.
Cushing was nominated after his indictment last year for attempting to cheat slot machines at two Las Vegas-area casinos.
Gaming Control Board member Randy Sayre said Cushing’s latest indictment shows it’s necessary to keep him out of Nevada casinos.
The “black book” now lists 35 people. It’s considered a felony if someone on the list enters a casino, and casino executives could face felony charges if they knowingly allow a member of the book on their premises.
Cushing was indicted last September for using a cheating device on slot machines in the Boulder Station and Fiesta Rancho casinos. According to the indictment, Cushing inserted a device into a slot machine’s bill validator in which it would register a wager of $100 when just $1 had been inserted into the machine. The credits then were cashed out.
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In June 1985, Cushing was found guilty in the U.S. District Court in Reno of transporting stolen property and defrauding the IRS after cheating several Las Vegas Strip casinos out of thousands of dollars in fraudulent slot-machine jackpots. He was sentenced to between five and seven years in prison.