Casino employee charged over involvement in heist
An employee of a casino in Alabama faces charges for her involvement in a theft at the casino that occurred last month. According to reports, Courtney Deandrea Stanton checked out the keys to a cash kiosk and then left them on top of the machine, facilitating the theft of almost $200,000. She has been charged with of conspiracy to defraud the US and employee theft from a gaming establishment.
The casino is owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Since it is a tribal operation, its jurisdiction comes under the federal government's purview. As such, Stanton is being tried in federal court.
Stanton was seen in security footage accessing the kiosk. The footage also showed her allegedly speaking with someone who wasn't visible to the cameras before she walked away from the kiosk, leaving the keys on the machine. She later informed her supervisor that the keys were missing.
Stanton has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She is being charged alongside Timothy Den Pettiway, who is accused of stealing the cash from the casino on August 10. Pettiway pleaded not guilty this past Monday and both he and Stanton will face a federal judge on November 5.
Pettiway was identified on security footage as the man responsible for removing one cash box from the same kiosk. He specifically targeted the box that contained $100 bills. He emptied the cash box in a restroom and left the casino about 15 minutes later.
Another individual, Jory D'Michael Dumas was initially arrested in relation to the theft, but a federal judge subsequently dismissed him from the case. Dumas is the nephew of Pettiway and a former employee of the casino.
So far, none of the cash has been recovered.