Cheating casino dealer won’t face jail time
By Bob Garcia
The Foxwoods blackjack dealer was busted for helping players
A former blackjack dealer who was busted in 2016 for helping at least one casino patron pocket more than she should have has finally had her day in court. Despite having ripped the casino off for $18,000, Alysia OLeary won’t be spending any time behind bars. Others have gone to the slammer for much less.
The 47-year-old Rhode Island native was caught red-handed by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police while working at Foxwoods Resort Casino in December 2016. She had already come under investigation by the MPTP for questionable activities and was seen making 68 overpayments to a casino patron during that investigation.
The MPTP tacked on additional charges for previous thefts when she was caught, but when the case was turned over to the Connecticut attorney’s office, it decided to not pursue charges in relation to those crimes.
OLeary apologized in court, acknowledging that what she did was wrong. Instead of being sent to jail for larceny and cheating, the crimes for which she was charged, she was given five years’ probation and a suspended prison sentence. As long as she keeps her nose clean, she won’t have to worry about being locked up. The judge reportedly told her that if she even “steals a toothpick,” she’ll be sent away.
The patron, who hasn’t been identified, was also arrested for her role in the illicit operations. However, the case against that individual is sealed, most likely to protect her identity.