Son of Seattle mayor pleads not guilty to casino cheat charges

The son of Seattle’s mayor, Jacob Nickels, 25, has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he was involved in casino-cheating scam that spanned across several states in the US and Canada.

Nickels faces one count of conspiracy and four counts of theft from an Indian gaming establishment after he is accused of taking a bribe of $5,000 while he was working as the pit boss at the Nooksack River Casino to introduce casino cheats to crooked dealers. It is alleged the dealers mis-shuffled the card deck in games of mini-baccarat, netting two members of the ring $90,000 in 2005.

The maximum punishment for the charge of conspiracy is five years in jail and a $250,000 fine. The other four counts of theft carry a ten year jail sentence also with a $250,000 fine.

Following Nickels not guilty plea, made by his lawyer Jeffrey Robinson, Magistrate Judge James Donohue released Nickels as he did not deem him a flight-risk. He was ordered to surrender his passport and advised not to drink any alcohol. His trial has been set for August 13th.

In total, 24 people have been accused of being involved in the casino-cheat scam which appeared to target Indian casinos across seven US states and Canada.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-06-15 11:02:33




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