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Former MGM Grand casino president to be sentenced over ******** bets

Resorts World Las Vegas President Scott Sibella speaks during the opening of Resorts World Las Vegas on June 24, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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The former president of the MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas is set to be sentenced Wednesday afternoon on a federal ********* charge related to his ******** to report millions of dollars in wagers by an ******** bookmaker at his casino.

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, the ex-MGM executive, pleaded guilty in January to one count of ******** to file reports of suspicious transactions required to be made by casinos under the Bank Secrecy Act.

Sibella’s lawyers have asked that he be sentenced to probation, as have prosecutors.

Sibella admitted knowing that a patron of his casino, Wayne Nix, ran an ******** bookmaking business, according to the Department of Justice.

“Despite this knowledge, Sibella allowed Nix to gamble at MGM Grand and affiliated properties with illicit proceeds generated from the ******** gambling business without notifying the casino’s compliance department,” the DOJ said in a press release in January.

“Not only did Sibella allow Nix to gamble at the casino, he also authorized Nix to receive complimentary benefits at the casino, including meals, room, board and golf trips with senior executives and other high net-worth customers of the casinos to further encourage Nix to patronize the casino and/or other affiliated properties,” the DOJ added in the statement.

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At the time of Sibella’s guilty plea, the DOJ also said it had resolved an investigation into alleged violations of money laundering laws and the Bank Secrecy Act at MGM Grand and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The casinos agreed to settlements that required them to pay a combined $7.45 million, as well as to enhance their anti-money laundering compliance program.

“In their respective [non-prosecution agreements] MGM Grand and the Cosmopolitan each accepted
responsibility for laundering Nix’s illicit funds and failing to properly file suspicious activity reports (SARs) on Nix, who conducted numerous transactions involving millions of dollars at the casinos between 2017 and 2020,” the DOJ said at that time.

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