PD: Man dupes Mexican citizen out of $5,000 casino jackpot

Posted at 11:13 AM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 14:42:19-04

SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY — A Goodyear man duped a Mexican citizen out of a $5,000 casino jackpot, according to police paperwork.

Charges were filed last week against a Goodyear man who is accused of duping a Mexican citizen out of a $5,000 jackpot he won at Casino Arizona in Scottsdale.

Salt River police say that Richard Burrell, age 51, was sitting next to a man who won a $5,000 jackpot. Burrell reportedly lied to the man saying he needed to be a U.S. citizen to accept the money. The man, who is a Mexican citizen, reportedly agreed to allow Burrell to collect the money and he would pay Burrell $1,500.

Burrell switched seats with the victim and collected the $5,000 after providing identification and filling out tax forms. Upon receiving the money, Burrell allegedly ran out of the casino without paying the victim.

The victim identified Burrell from the information he gave casino officials.

Burrell has been ordered to appear in court on September 18 to face theft charges.