Ex-Vegas casino dealer, 2 others get prison in cheating case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Bellagio craps dealer and two friends have been sentenced to at least four years each in prison for using phantom bets to cheat the Las Vegas Strip casino out of more than $1 million.
Mark Branco, Jeffrey Martin and Anthony Granito on Tuesday apologized to a judge, who also ordered each to pay restitution.
The three men pleaded guilty last year to two felonies — theft and cheating at gambling.
Branco and co-worker James Cooper Jr. were arrested in July 2014 and fired by the Bellagio after the scheme came to light.
Cooper pleaded guilty to a lesser theft charge and testified before a grand jury. He'll face one to five years in prison at sentencing later this year.