Sunday, March 23, 2014

Former LaPorte School Superintendent And Wife Charged With Defrauding Joliet Casino

Randal Thorpe resigned as superintendent of LaPorte County Schools back in January after an arrest in Tunica, Mississippi for allegedly tampering with a slot machine at a casino. Now he and his wife have both been charged with being part of a ring of gambling cheats that manipulated video keno machines at Harrah's Joliet casino. The Post-Tribune reports on the couple's arrest:
Rande Thorpe, 57, and his wife, Virginia, 59, now of Corpus Christi, Texas, are accused of scheming with three Las Vegas residents to rig the machines at a Harrah’s casino in April 2013 so they paid five times the actual winnings, according to an indictment. The alleged accomplices remain at large, authorities said.
The couple are charged with burglary, computer fraud, computer tampering and cheating at a gambling game. They were released after posting 10 percent of their $50,000 bail, and a judge allowed them to return to Texas while the case is pending.
Virginia Thorpe reportedly is also wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Mississippi.
WSBT-TV in South Bend reported that Rande Thorpe was arrested Jan. 22 in Tunica, Miss., for allegedly manipulating a slot machine at a casino there.

1 comment:

Pete Boggs said...

What a small game the casinos run; when compared to the public "school system."