Gambler Charged with Causing Casino to File False Currency Transaction Reports
Las Vegas, Nev. – A local man has been charged with causing a Las Vegas casino sports book to file incorrect federal currency transaction reports by falsely telling them that he was not gambling on behalf of anyone, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
Robert Walker, 43, of North Las Vegas, is charged in a criminal indictment dated November 29, 2011, with four counts of causing a domestic financial institution to fail to file an accurate currency transaction report. Walker was arrested yesterday in Las Vegas, and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen, and was released on a personal recognizance bond pending trial.
The indictment alleges that on March 19, March 20, March 25, and April 3, 2011, Walker cashed in over $10,000 in U.S. currency at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Race and Sports Book. When asked by sports book employees whether he was gambling on behalf of anyone, Walker allegedly declared that he was not, when in truth Walker knew he was gambling and engaging in the cash transactions on behalf of ACME Group Trading LLC. The cash transactions totaled $72,020.
Federal currency transaction report laws require the casinos to report cash transactions of over $10,000 and to report whether the gambler is gambling on behalf of anyone else.
If convicted, Walker faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000. The government is also seeking forfeiture of all property involved in or traceable to the offense.
This case is being investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristina D. Silva.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.