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Casino Worker Admits To Stealing $84,564 From Clogged Cash-Out Machines

Federal theft charge carries up to a five-year prison sentence




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Toilets aren’t the only thing that occasionally get clogged at Gun Lake Casino in Allegan County. Cash-out machines get clogged there as well, which led to a short-lived windfall for a Gun Lake Casino employee by the name of Jordan Lewis Cook.

As part of his job, Cook was tasked with clearing out jams — caused by crinkled greenbacks and the like — in the cash-out machines on the floor of the tribal-owned casino, WOOD-TV reported. According to federal court records, Cook pocketed $84,564 from these machines over a 14-month span instead of returning the money to the casino.

On Friday, Judge Ray Kent accepted a written plea agreement from Cook in which he admitted to stealing cash on at least 32 separate occasions between September 2021 and November 2022. Cook has been charged with theft from an Indian Tribal Organization, a crime which is punishable by up to a five-year prison term or a $250,000 fine. 

Cook was indicted on the federal theft charge in March, and his sentencing has been set for January.

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