Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 | 5:08 p.m.
A New Jersey man who has been on Nevada’s List of Excluded Persons – the Black Book – since 1994 and on New Jersey’s List of Exclusion since 1989 was arrested in a Las Vegas casino Wednesday morning.
Brent Eli Morris was apprehended by enforcement agents of the state Gaming Control Board at about 1 a.m. at Caesars Palace after he was spotted playing craps by casino surveillance personnel.
Morris was charged with fraud, unlawfully entering a licensed gaming establishment, failure of a convicted person to register an address change and on a fugitive warrant for a Michigan parole violation. Additional charges based on his play and presence at other casinos are pending.
Morris was on the Control Board’s radar when he was seen and suspected of cheating at craps at the Excalibur on Friday. When the suspect was spotted at Caesars Palace, Control Board agents were called and he was arrested without incident. The Control Board said he had several $500 chips from the Orleans when he was arrested and agents contacted that property and determined that he had played there Tuesday.
The Nevada Gaming Commission listed Morris in the Black Book on Feb. 24, 1994. New Jersey authorities listed him on their exclusion list on Nov. 15, 1989.
Morris served several years in the Southern Desert Correctional Center at Indian Springs for cheating at a Lake Tahoe casino in 1989.
Control Board agents said he had an extensive list of arrests and convictions dating back to 1975 for assault and battery, theft, fraud and cheating-related offenses.