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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ind. Courts - 7th Circuit rules in Wisconsin casino fraud case

No Indiana decisions today from the 7th Circuit, but U.S. v. Moore and Knutson is an interesting opinion from Judge Evans, who begins:

The date: April 14, 2005. The time: 6 p.m. The place: Ho-Chunk casino in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The event: a drawing to determine who would walk off with $10,000. Undoubtedly, excitement was in the air. Realistically, the average schlemiel had only a .000067 percent chance of winning. But another participant in the drawing had to like his chances: Bruce Knutson had a 30 percent chance of coming up a winner. And when the winning entry form was pulled from the barrel—ta da—the winner was Bruce Knutson! The lucky winner then posed for a publicity picture, signed off on a tax form, received a check for $5,000, and pocketed $5,000 in cash. It was, we suspect, a night to remember. But all was not, as we shall see, quite as it seemed. The rest of the story explains why Knutson and his buddy, Darwin Moore, are here appealing their convictions after they were found guilty of bilking the casino out of $10,000.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 21, 2009 01:22 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions