Nevada imposes both civil and criminal penalties on individual who fail to pay their casino gambling debts. The type of debts the casinos are allowed to seek prosecution for include: unpaid markers, bad checks and fraud. These debts are considered felonies.
A marker, a type of check, is casino credit. The check allows the casino to draw money owed to it from the gambler’s bank account. But when a gambler doesn’t have enough money in the account to cover the debt it’s considered fraud. Fraud involves lying to a financial institution to obtain money or credit. The minimum prison sentence for unpaid marker fraud is six months.
Yes. Making false statements to obtain benefits is a crime in Nevada. This means the person lied about their ability to repay the marker because of lack of credit, cash, or collateral to cover the debt. If charged as a misdemeanor, it’s a $250 fine. But if charged as a felony, there could harsher penalties.
Forgery involves using counterfeit records with the intent to defraud the casino. The forgery could involve the amount of money or credit in the bank. It’s a class D felony and has a prison sentence of 1 to 4 years and a fine.
Yes. According to Nevada law, an unpaid marker is similar to passing a bad check. Passing a bad check involves willfully using a check knowing there’s insufficient funds to cover the amount. It’s a class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison.
Yes. Talk to an entertainment lawyer about any criminal charge related to unpaid markers.