Legal woes might not be over for Scott Sibella

May 17, 2024
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A complaint has been submitted by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Former MGM Grand and Resorts World casino executive Scott Sibella could face additional fines and lose his gaming license, according to a local report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has put together a three-count complaint against the former MGM executive within weeks of Sibella’s federal court hearing.

Last year, the regulator had exonerated Sibella and said allegations of illegal gambling and money laundering were “unfounded.”

Then Sibella pleaded guilty to the charges in January 2024.

Sibella admitted during his plea that he “allowed an illegal bookmaker to gamble millions of dollars at the MGM Grand and pay off debts in cash.” The incident at MGM Grand involved former minor league baseball player Wayne Nix, according to the court documents.

Sibella went on to add that he “allowed Nix to gamble at MGM Grand and affiliated properties with illicit proceeds generated from the illegal gambling business without notifying the casinos’ compliance department.”

After recently appearing in federal court, US District Judge Dolly Gee issued a year of probation and ordered Sibella to pay a $9,500 fine, along with a $100 special assessment fee.

Gee took into consideration that Sibella had no previous criminal history when determining sentencing and affirmed that Sibella “turned a blind eye” to what he knew was potentially illegal activity. However, the federal judge acknowledged Sibella’s full cooperation with investigators.

The US District Judge also said that the outpouring of written support for Sibella made an impact on sentencing. The court received 81 letters of endorsement for the former casino executive, according to the local report.

The Nevada Gaming Commission has not yet considered the complaint. However, Sibella could be fined $250,000 per violation and  have his gaming license suspended or revoked if the state complaint holds.

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