LAS VEGAS » An ex-casino dealer and his brother-in-law pleaded not guilty today to scamming a Las Vegas Strip casino out of more than $1 million with phantom craps bets.
A judge set bail at $160,000 for former Bellagio craps dealer Mark Branco and $125,000 for Jeffrey Martin, and gave them two weeks to raise the money.
Branco is currently held at the Clark County jail, Martin isn’t.
The judge rescinded a warrant for co-defendant Anthony Granito after his lawyer said Granito was undergoing open heart surgery on Tuesday.
Prosecutor Jay P. Ramen says former dealer and co-defendant James Cooper Jr. is scheduled to plead guilty Thursday to one felony theft charge and testify against the others.
All four are named in a 60-count indictment filed last week alleging cheating at gambling and theft.