Arrests made in Meadows slot-rigging plot
January 05, 2011
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Three men have reportedly been arrested in connection to a plan that allegedly rigged a slot machine at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino that resulted in winnings of nearly $430,000. One man pleaded guilty on Monday to three counts of receiving stolen property and received a sentence of one year of probation for each count, and another pleaded guilty and was expected to testify against the third man, who refused an offer of probation and opted to go to trial.
According to the local television station WTAE, 39-year-old Andre Nestor allegedly worked with a man in Nevada to learn a program that tricks slot machines into giving out payoffs. A story on WTAE’s website said the men are accused of “exploiting a software glitch in a slot machine…(and) were able to convince a casino worker…to enable a ‘soft’ feature or option on the screen of the machine, allowing them to make it pay out at their will.”
"I had an advantage over the casino," Nestor told WTAE. "It's just like card counting. Card couting, as everybody knows, is not illegal, and that gives people an advantage over the casino. My advantage is that you can win at will. It's not my fault that their programming allowed a player to win at will."
Nestor's trial was scheduled to begin on Monday but when he arrived at the courthouse he was arrested by by FBI, which is involved because the information was allegedly sent across slate lines, making it a federal case.
As a result of the investigation, the casino was fined $48,900 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. To see a video report of the story and also a story, please click here.