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Casino Fraudulent Acts – C.R.S. 12-47.1-823

If you drive into the parking lot at Black Hawk, Central City, or Cripple Creek any day of the week, you will most likely have trouble finding a place to park. This is because people like to let off steam, relax, and have a good time at the casinos.

Colorado casinos stay very busy and produce profits for the casino owners and the state of Colorado. The benefits to the state include tourist attractions, employment opportunities, economic development, and contribution to the Colorado General Fund. To protect these benefits, the Fraudulent Acts Statute was put into place.

This statute specifically deals with casinos and determines fair gaming practices in Gilpin and Teller County. It is enforced by the Colorado Department of Revenue's Division of Gaming.

Casino Fraudulent Acts Charges in Colorado

C.R.S. 12-47.1-823(c)

A person can be charged with Fraud or Fraudulent Acts at a casino by committing one or all of these actions: Collecting money or a prize for which you are not entitled; lying about or changing the outcome of a game; taking advantage of inside information using either a computer or calculator; changing your wager (past posting), or affecting the end result of a game (rigged wheel); or employing any trick of sleight of hand.

  • Collection Unlawful Prize Money
  • Changing the Outcome of a Game
  • Using Inside Information
  • Employing Sleight of Hand

Consequences of Casino Fraud

Casino Fraudulent Acts penalties range from a class 1 misdemeanor to a class 5 or 6 felony, depending on the specific offense. There are many different types of fraud which can be committed at a casino. Casino owners, table workers, and visitors alike can all be charged with Casino Fraudulent Acts.

If you have been contacted by an investigator with Colorado Division of Gaming or another official such as a sheriff, sheriff's deputy, or police officer, contact an aggressive criminal lawyer immediately. Regardless of what you are charged with, any type of criminal history is damaging to your future.

Don't ignore charges against you or plead guilty to avoid jail time. A professional casino gambling lawyer will successfully guide you through the criminal justice system. Whether you go to the Gilpin County Court, the Blackhawk Municipal Court, or the Central City Municipal Court, you need an expert criminal defense attorney by your side. The following police and sheriff's departments operate near the casinos:


Colorado Casino Fraudulent Acts Statute: C.R.S. 12-47.1-823

(1) It is unlawful for a person:

(a) To alter or misrepresent the outcome of a game or other event on which wagers have been made after the outcome is made sure but before it is revealed to the players;

(b) To place, increase, or decrease a bet or to determine the course of play after acquiring knowledge, not available to all players, of the outcome of the game or any event that affects the outcome of the game or which is the subject of the bet or to aid anyone in acquiring such knowledge for the purpose of placing, increasing, or decreasing a bet or determining the course of play contingent upon that event or outcome;

(c) To claim, collect, or take, or attempt to claim, collect, or take, money or anything of value in or from a limited gaming activity with intent to defraud and without having made a wager contingent thereon, or to claim, collect, or take an amount greater than the amount won;

(d) Knowingly to entice or induce another to go to any place where limited gaming is being conducted or operated in violation of the provisions of this article, with the intent that the other person play or participate in that limited gaming activity;

(e) To place or increase a bet after acquiring knowledge of the outcome of the game or other event which is the subject of the bet, including past-posting and pressing bets;

(f) To reduce the amount wagered or to cancel a bet after acquiring knowledge of the outcome of the game or other event which is the subject of the bet, including pinching bets;

(g) To manipulate, with the intent to cheat, any component of a gaming device in a manner contrary to the designed and normal operational purpose for the component, with knowledge that the manipulation affects the outcome of the game or with knowledge of an event that affects the outcome of the game;

(h) To, by any trick or sleight of hand performance, or by fraud or fraudulent scheme, cards, or device, for himself or another, win or attempt to win money or property or a representative of either or reduce a losing wager or attempt to reduce a losing wager in connection with limited gaming;

(i) To conduct any limited gaming operation without a valid license;

(j) To conduct any limited gaming operation on an unlicensed premises;

(k) To permit any limited gaming game or slot machine to be conducted, operated, dealt, or carried on in any limited gaming premises by a person other than a person licensed for such premises pursuant to this article;

(l) To place any limited gaming games or slot machines into play or display such games or slot machines without the authorization of the commission;

(m) To employ or continue to employ any person in a limited gaming operation who is not duly licensed or registered in a position whose duties require a license or registration pursuant to this article; or

(n) To, without first obtaining the requisite license or registration pursuant to this article, be employed, work, or otherwise act in a position whose duties would require licensing or registration pursuant to this article.

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