Keno Scam Alleged

Six people have been arrested for allegedly cashing in on illegal keno winnings. All are employees of Big Red Keno.

The company uncovered a potential problem during an internal audit and now Omaha police and the State Department of Revenue are involved.

There are a variety of plays you can make on a keno card but you are essentially picking numbers and your card has to be turned in before the game numbers are drawn.

Investigators say that some Big Red Keno employees working at 81st and Cass found a way around the system.

Big Red believes a night shift supervisor and five of her subordinates wrote keno tickets for themselves, after the winning numbers were selected.

Omaha Police Sergeant Teresa Negron says, "What they discovered is that they had some employees that were committing what we term a theft by deception, somewhat of an embezzlement."

Big Red first noticed a problem last Thursday, saying it appears a series of illegal wagers were placed over the past couple weeks.

The estimated loss to the company is $100,000 but investigators have yet to release information on how the alleged scam was pulled off.

Authorities do say that actual game results were not tampered with and therefore the tickets of legitimate players were not affected.

The following people have been arrested in the case:

  • Honoree J. McGinnis-Hurt, DOB 9-11-66, was booked for one count of Lottery False Record Entry, and one count of Theft by Deception $500 - $1500

  • Christine A. Hurst, DOB 5-14-85, was booked for one count of Lottery False Record Entry, one count of Theft by Deception $500 - $1500, and Possession of Marijuana Less Than One Ounce

  • Kimberly L. Fischer, DOB 9-24-84, was booked for one count of Lottery False Record Entry, one count of Theft by Deception $500 - $1500, and Possession of Marijuana Less than One Ounce

  • Terri L. Black, DOB 9-10-76, was booked for one count of Lottery False Record Entry, and one count of Theft by Deception $500 - $1500

  • Pamela M. Black, DOB 7-28-81, received a criminal citation for Playing Keno on Duty

  • Nicholas Wzorek, DOB 5-04-81, received a criminal citation for Playing Keno on Duty



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