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Seven persons were sentenced last month, in connection with a credit card scam that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from casinos in San Diego County.
Cesar Noeli Dario, 33, was arrested in May of this year in the lobby of Harrah’s Casino. At that time, he reportedly had a loaded Glock handgun and methamphetamine and phony credit cards on his person, according to investigators. In his hotel room at Harrah’s, detectives stated they found “a credit card lab” which Dario used to create credit cards with which he took “about $15,000 weekly which he spent on drugs and living expenses.” Dario also provided fraudulent credit cards to others who made ATM withdrawals, and those persons had an agreement to share the loot fifty-fifty with the person who supplied the fake cards, detectives stated.
In a plea deal, Cesar Noeli Dario admitted four felonies, including a special “aggravated white collar crime enhancement.” On the plea form he stated “I took over $100,000 but not more than $500,000 from Harrah’s casino that was not mine.” He listed a home address on Bullthistle Court in Eastvale California on the same form. Dario was sentenced to 4 years State prison, with credit for 228 days already served.
Dan David Enriquez, 28, admitted three felonies including grand theft and use of stolen credit card identity, and got a 3 year prison term. Prosecutor Anna Winn alleged Enriquez had three prior convictions in Los Angeles County for which he had already served prison terms.
Keith Mamoru Shigetomi, 34, and Josephine Chai, 27, both admitted two felonies in connection with the scam, and each got 16 months prison. Shigetomi admitted he already had three prior convictions, in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, for drug offenses.
Ali Qadir Aljadir, 33, and Sarah Jean Howbert, 26, both admitted two felonies, and each got 180 days local custody. Aljadir agreed to repay $17,000 in restitution and is expected to serve time in a residential treatment program, according to court paperwork.
Tracy Wan Ping Ser, 34, admitted fraudulently using the ID of another, and this was reduced to a misdemeanor because she paid $9,000 in restitution, according to court documents. On September 11, 2012, Tracy Wan Ping Ser was sentenced to time already served, 133 days, and placed on 3 years probation and ordered to “stay away from all casinos in San Diego County.”
Enriquez, Shigetomi, Chai, Aljadir, Howbert, and Wan Ping Ser were all arrested in Pala Casino in July of this year, by San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies.