If a person: • Manufactures, • sells, or • distributes any items that resemble gambling items in a casino with the intent that those items will be used in a casino, or • reasonably should have known that those items would be used in a casino, it will be considered unlawful manufacture, sale, distribution, marking, altering, or modification of gambling equipment and devices.
Also, this makes it illegal to change or tamper with casino-approved gambling items.
Say a casino employee removes casino-abandoned gambling equipment and deliver sit to a range of retailers. He observes that the new and decommissioned dice boxes are identical.
He modifies one of the new dice boxes into loaded dice and offers them to customers who wish to “win big.” Brett has committed the illegal production, sale, distribution, marking, alteration, or modification of gaming equipment and devices.
It is a class A misdemeanor for a first offense or an offense that occurs after five years of a previous crime. If a person has been convicted of this precise crime within the past five years, it is a class E felony.
A class A misdemeanor is punishable by a potential $1,000 fine and one year in jail, while a class E felony is punishable by a maximum $5,000 fine or double the amount acquired from the crime, and/or up to four years in prison.
Possession of gaming-related contraband in the third degree
If a person possesses casino-prohibited things with the intent to commit gaming fraud on casino grounds, they will be charged with third-degree possession of unlawful gaming property.
For instance, a person possesses a little electronic device that modifies slot machine payouts. She enters the casino with the intention of using this electronic equipment at the slot machines. She has committed third-degree unauthorized possession of gaming materials.
This is a misdemeanor of class A. This is punishable by a maximum punishment of one thousand dollars and up to one year in jail.
Possession of gaming-related contraband in the second degree
This law can be broken in several ways.
• A person sells casino-prohibited items (with a value greater than $300) for illicit use on casino grounds.
• A person commits possession of illegal gaming property in the third degree with a value exceeding $500.
• The individual has been convicted of any offense involving illegal gaming property possession during the past five years.
You create casino chips that appear to be identical to those used by the local casino. You resolves to utilize the chips in the next casino he visits. The chips are worth six hundred dollars. You have committed the second-degree offense of unlawful possession of gaming materials.
First-degree illegal possession of gaming equipment
This law can be broken in two different ways.
• A person commits possession of unlawful gaming property in the third degree if the property’s value exceeds $1,000.
• A person who has been convicted within the past five years of any offense involving possession of unlawful gaming property commits possession of unlawful gaming property in the second degree;
Using slugs illegally in the second degree
Utilizing a slug (an item that mimics a coin or token) in a coin machine with the purpose to defraud the owner is the second-degree offense of unlawfully using slugs. In addition, it is considered unlawful use of slugs in the second degree if a person creates, sells, or gives away slugs for another person to use fraudulently.
Using slugs illegally in the first degree
If a person makes, sells, or possesses slugs to be used fraudulently in coin machines and the worth of the slugs exceeds one hundred dollars, they will be charged with first-degree criminal use of slugs.
There are numerous laws that prohibit fraudulent gambling. A person may face many charges for a same act, depending on the circumstances. The maximum penalty for fraudulent gaming is seven years in prison, a $5,000 fine, and/or double the amount acquired from the offense.
Counterfeit wagering instruments are created with the intention to deceive or defraud. In New York, it is a crime to knowingly possess, use, or distribute counterfeit wagering instruments. If you have been charged with this crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights. At the Law Office of Benjamin Greenwald, we understand the serious nature of these charges and will work tirelessly to build a strong defense on your behalf. We will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case and aggressively challenge any evidence that may be used against you. With our experienced legal team on your side, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.