Casino Marketing Director Sentenced For Cash-For-Drugs Scheme

The marketing manager for a casino on the Dakotas’ Standing Rock Indian Reservation was sentenced, for a scheme to give gamblers club rewards in exchange for drugs.

At Fort Yates, North Dakota, Candace Crow Ghost, 42, pleaded guilty in August to fraud by an Indian gaming establishment worker. Crow Ghost worked in Mobridge, South Dakota, for the Grand River Casino.

Authorities say that Crow Ghost had a scheme to get prescription pain medication by changing points for the medications she was getting on individual players club rewards cards. Crow Ghost reportedly prepared vouchers after changing the points and assisted individuals to reclaim their illegally earned cash points.

Crow Ghost is also accused of giving the people involved in the swap free rooms and meals.

Authorities say that Crow Ghost added 426,000 points to different accounts and allocated more than $1,000 in rooms and meals, resulting in a total casino loss of about $5,300.

South Dakota District Judge Ron Parsons sentenced Crow Ghost to jail for more than five months, followed by a supervised release for 24 months. She was ordered to pay the casino back the money.

Authorities say that between December 2016 and March 2017, Crow Ghost was the head of casino advertising.

U.S. South Dakota attorney Ron Parsons says the case has been brought as part of The Guardians Project, a federal law enforcement initiative to coordinate efforts among different agencies and promote public disclosure of public corruption, fraud and maltreatment.