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June 16, 2019

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Court rejects appeal of high roller in casino marker case

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court today rejected the appeal of a high-rolling gambler who was accused of passing $384,000 in bad checks to four Las Vegas casinos.

Harel Zahavi was convicted in 2011 of four counts of passing a check without sufficient funds with the intent to defraud, according to court records. He was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to repay $379,000.

Zahavi, who owned an ice cream business in Southern California, maintained there was no attempt to defraud the casinos.

The court said that when Zahavi signed markers at the casinos, he guaranteed “there were sufficient funds available such that the markers were payable upon demand and could be executed at any time.”

His attorneys said Zahavi did not read the fine print.

The four casinos involved were the Venetian, Hard Rock, Palazzo and Caesars Palace.

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