Casino Supervisor Responds to Theft Charges, Calls It a 'Mistake'

Edward Weidner III, a supervisor at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa., is accused of rigging a computer system. He spoke exclusively with NBC10 about the accusations

By Doug Shimell and Lauren DiSanto
|  Monday, Oct 8, 2012  |  Updated 4:48 PM EDT
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Police say Eddie Weidner a supervisor at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, rigged a computer gambling system. NBC10's Doug Shimell spoke exclusively to the casino worker.

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Police say Eddie Weidner a supervisor at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, rigged a computer gambling system. NBC10's Doug Shimell spoke exclusively to the casino worker.

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Edward Weidner III, a supervisor at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa., is accused of making fraudulent entries in the casino computer system between September 30 and October 5.

He was arrested and charged after Pennsylvania State Police say the casino's accounting department noticed irregularities involving Weidner, who was also a dealer at Sands.

"They determined that one of their employees was fraudulently using their computers in order to gain financial money for themselves and for a possible patron,” said Cpl. Andrew Canepa with the Pennsylvania State Police Gaming Enforcement.

Eddie Weidner spoke exclusively with NBC10's Doug Shimell, calling it a mistake.

“Some of the ratings were put a little higher, that’s all.  It was a mistake," said Weidner, who added he didn't think it was as bad as they're making it out to be.

Police say that Weidner gave a customer more compensation credits so it looked like he had been a long-time gambler at the casino. Investigators claim those credits were exchanged for gift cards totaling $2,000 and a $45 meal.

Weidner is charged with theft by deception and unlawful use of a computer.

 


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