Archive for Thursday, September 28, 2000

Mother gets probation after daughter gambles

September 28, 2000


— A southwest Missouri woman was sentenced to six months of supervised probation for escorting her 16-year-old daughter to a riverboat casino and allowing the girl to gamble during a three-day spree in June.

Carla Jean Wilson, 41, of Ash Grove, Mo., near Springfield, is a well-known player at area casinos. She could not be reached Wednesday.

Clay County Assistant Prosecutor Jim Roberts said one of the conditions of the probation was that Wilson have no contact with riverboat casinos. If she violates those terms, she faces up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Station Casino Kansas City and Harrah's North Kansas City Casino & Hotel each were hit with $250,000 fines by the Missouri Gaming Commission in connection with the same incident. The casinos have until early next month to pay the fines or appeal.

The commission alleged that the casinos failed to prevent the 16-year-old girl from entering the casinos and gambling during a weekend in June.

She was with her mother at least part of that time, officials said.

Several Station employees lost their jobs because of the incident.

The girl, who was said to appear much older than her years, presented another person's driver's license to Station employees during the evening of June 9 and was admitted to the casino. Until Sunday morning, that ID fooled pit bosses, bartenders, card dealers and others.

Earlier on June 9, the girl also was admitted to Harrah's Mardi Gras casino boat and was able to gamble.

Clay County authorities in July charged Wilson with a class B underage gambling misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of up to six months in the county jail and a fine of up to $500.

Wilson was sentenced Wednesday in Clay County.

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