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Gun Lake Casino employee admits to thefts of cash from clogged machines

Jordan Lewis Cook, a Gun Lake Casino employee responsible for unclogging cash out machines, has admitted to charges he stole more than $84,5000 over 14 months.

Cook acknowledged the thefts in a written plea agreement that was accepted Friday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Ray Kent in Grand Rapids. The charge, theft from an Indian Tribal Organization, is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

He will be sentenced on charges in January.

Cook, in his plea agreement, said he was tasked with helping to clear out jams in the cash-out machines around the casino floor. He used a key card to open the machines, took out the cassettes that hold currency and then was tasked with removing the crinkled or misfed currency. He then placed the previously jammed currency back into the cassettes before closing the machine door.

He admitted that he would also steal cash from the machine on at least 32 occasions and converted the funds to his own use.

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