- Associated Press - Thursday, August 3, 2017

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Two more defendants have admitted to playing roles in a blackjack scheme that authorities say involved the theft of $10,000 from a casino in the northeast region of South Dakota.

Lito Bolocon, 44, and Jordan Rondell, 29, both pleaded guilty this week in federal court to conspiracy, the Aberdeen American News reported .

Four people were indicted in the case in February, including Jeremy Brown, then 42, who pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy. Fern Gill, then 52, has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial later this month.

Court documents show Brown and Gill were blackjack dealers at the Dakota Sioux Casino near Watertown. Rondell was a card player, and Bolocon supervised the blackjack area.

Authorities said Brown and Gill payed Rondell for bets on losing hands on Dec. 31, 2015, and Jan. 1, 2016. Bolocon is accused of knowingly allowing the payouts.

Each was originally charged with conspiracy, theft by an employee of a gaming establishment on Indian land, and aiding and abetting.

Brown’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 1. Bolocon and Rondell are expected to be sentenced in November.

Conspiracy has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe operates the casino, which sits on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com


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