LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 31-year-old former race and sports book ticket writer at the Palms Casino Resort has been sentenced to three years’ probation and to repay a portion of about $232,000 in restitution for her role in what federal authorities say was an $800,000 betting fraud case.

Kassie Baker could have faced up to 21 months in prison on Thursday for pleading guilty last year to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a prosecutor told U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey that Baker’s early cooperation probably caused two co-defendants in the case to plead guilty.

Former race and sports book supervisors Michael Albanese and Matthew Kidle, and bettor Charles Pecchio have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from actions between 2006 and 2007.

They’re waiting to be sentenced.


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