Posted: September 6, 2022, 01:28 AM.
Last updated: September 6, 2022, 2:16 AM.
Police say a man banned from Iowa’s Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf mistakenly gained entry to the property last Friday and attempted to exchange a counterfeit bill with the cashier’s cage.
Mark Hampton is accused of trying to exchange a counterfeit bill at the Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf, Iowa. Hampton was banned from Caesars Entertainment property in 2021. (Image: Scott County Sheriff/Casino.org)
Police say 37-year-old Mark Hampton, a local resident of Bettendorf, entered CDT Isle Casino shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 2. According to police, Hampton went to the cage of the casino where he tried to receive about $100 in exchange for a foreign currency bill he believed was worth that amount.
The affidavit says the defendant “tried to exchange the fake account for currency at the exchange at the casino.” After casino cashiers declined the transaction and seized the counterfeit bill, Hampton attempted to leave the property but was detained by police.
Hampton admitted that he knew his casino gambling privileges had been revoked. But because he needed cash, he claimed he entered the casino only to exchange the foreign currency, which authorities said was legitimate.
Hampton has a long criminal record in Iowa. An online court search turned up 30 cases in which he was named as a defendant.
Tired of Hampton’s pranks, the Isle Casino banned him from further access to the gaming floor in 2021. His ban went into effect in July 2021.
Hampton’s statement for redeeming his allegedly legitimate $100 foreign account at the Isle Casino raised eyebrows with casino security and local law enforcement. Most banks and credit unions offer currency conversion services based on current exchange rates. Casino cashier cages do that too, but usually for a hefty fee.
The Isle Casino is operated by Caesars Entertainment. The 35,000-square-foot former riverboat has 935 slot machines, 19 table games, and a Caesars sports book. The resort features more than 500 hotel rooms, three restaurants and a 1,700-seat theater.
Earlier this year, the casino became one of the beneficiaries of a recently passed two-year moratorium on new casinos in the state. The bill, signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) in June, blocked a gaming development in Cedar Rapids, about 70 miles northwest of Isle Casino.
Proponents of the moratorium argued that the cessation of new gambling licenses will allow current operators to experience a controlled and stable gambling market. That’s in the wake of the pandemic and the opening of new commercial casinos in neighboring Nebraska.
After reviewing the affidavit against Hampton, prosecutors representing Scott County filed for forgery in connection with his currency conversion scheme. Additional charges, including trespassing, may be filed later.
Hampton was released from Scott County Jail on his own admission and is due to appear in court on September 23 for a preliminary hearing.
A person found guilty of a Class D felony, such as Hampton’s, can be punished with up to five years in prison and a fine of more than $10,000, plus interest and court costs.
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