Another Gaming Fraud Charge Added To Former Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino Dealer

Written By Grant Lucas on November 3, 2022
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The busts keep on coming for Emily M. Torres.

The former blackjack dealer at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino faces another charge as it relates to fraudulently helping another player cash in, according to court documents.

According to police records, Torres helped a man win more than $5,700 at the casino on Aug. 10. This occurred less than  week before another incident that ultimately led to her initial arrest.

Torres and the player, Jordan Mack, have been charged with gaming fraud — a class E felony.

More gaming fraud charges for former Seneca Buffalo Creek dealer

The criminal complaint alleges that Torres, 21 and of Lackawanna, showed Mack face cards from the deck on 62 different occasions before the hands ended.

As noted, this same incident occurred just a few days later. Torres allegedly helped Buffalo residents Mark M. Watson (28) and Rahat Hossain (34) win more than $7,400 on Aug. 14 as Torres continuously illicitly showed the two players face cards.

Within days, police arrested Torres as well as Watson and Hossain. Both players already paid pack their winnings and entered not-guilty please in city court. Mack, of Friendship, was arrested Sept. 21.

Torres pleaded not guilty during her Oct. 12 arraignment. Mack did the same five days earlier. All parties have court appearances scheduled for this month.

Charges like this uncommon at NY casinos

Until Torres allegedly began committing gaming fraud at Seneca’s blackjack tables, this charge was rarely seen in New York.

According to data from the Division of Criminal Justice Services, NY casinos only saw four adults arrested on gaming fraud from January 2017 through June 2022. Three of those cases classified as felonies, while one went through as a misdemeanor.

First-degree gaming fraud amounts to a theft of more than $1,000. Such a charge is punishable by up to four years in prison as well as five-year probation and a fine.

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