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Woman Indicted For Fixing Casino Gambling Raffles In New York

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The Empire City Casino in New York has put safeguards in place so that they can assure patrons of the validity of their raffles. This safeguard became necessary after a former employee rigged raffles so that family members can win the prizes.

Donna Cronin was indicted on Tuesday for being the mastermind behind a scheme at Empire City where she placed her relatives at slot machines that were going to become winners of raffle drawings. That was only part of the scheme.

Cronin and two of her associates also rigged paper drawings that were done for patrons to win prizes such as televisions, Broadway tickets, and laptop computers. Alicia Murray of the Bronx and Terence Osbourne of Yonkers were also indicted on lesser charges that Cronin.

"We want the perpetrators prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Empire City Casino, in a statement, "Both our patrons and our company were the victims of employees who scammed the system, cheated our patrons and cheated their employees."

The District Attorney claims that Cronin gave away over $100,000 in merchandise and cash prizes to her relatives. Cronin would tell her family to go sit at a slot machine with their players card inserted. Then, that slot machine would be called as the winner.

The slots themselves were not altered in any way by Cronin and her accomplices. Her attorney claims that the casino is using Cronin as a scapegoat and that his client will be cleared of the charges against her.

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