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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Former Wheeling Island Casino employee sentenced for wire fraud

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Mark E. Patterson, 47, of Wellsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for wire fraud.  United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced. 

Patterson used his position as the main vault banker at Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack to steal more than $300,000 which he then deposited into various personal bank accounts. Patterson routinely underreported the daily cash proceeds earned on the casino floor. In turn, the casino they listed these false amounts on their financial reports which were sent to auditors and their parent company in New York. Patterson pled guilty in October 2014 to one count of “Wire Fraud.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McWilliams prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations led the inquiry.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated January 8, 2016