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Atlantic City casino workers indicted for stealing players

Atlantic City casino workers indicted for stealing players Three casino workers in Atlantic City have been indicted for allegedly stealing a list of more than 20,000 players from the Tropicana Casino and Resort. "We charge that these marketers stole one of the most valuable assets of the casino, namely detailed contact information and ratings for its top-level players. This type of corporate espionage and theft involving proprietary information is a very serious crime,"  Attorney General Anne Milgram said in a statement. According to some reports, the stolen list of gamblers was worth as much as $110 million, considering some of the players were high-rollers. The three casino workers are a former marketing vice president at Tropicana, John Conklin, who is currently the vice president of relationship marketing at Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City; Justin Litterelle, currently working for the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and James DiMarco. All were charged with theft by unlawful taking, computer theft and conspiracy, while Conklin and Litterelle are also facing charges of receiving stolen property. They are facing as much as 10 years behind bars.

 According to the prosecutors, Conklin had Litterelle download a list of players from the Tropicana Casino for future leverage, if they find themselves working at a different casino. In early 2007 Conklin was working at the Bellagio, when he asked Litterelle to send DiMarco the player list, because DiMarco had lost his job at the Tropicana. The players conspiracy blew over when Litterelle tried to send the paper copy from the Bellagio mailroom, but an employee notified Bellagio security department. According to authorities, the Bellagio notified the Tropicana and the Borgata, and all three casinos cooperated with the investigation.

  Published on 06/17/2008

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