(WVUE) - A Shreveport casino manager was arrested Friday after he was caught defrauding his employer, according to a State Police news release.
On Jan. 11, the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division was contacted by Sam's Town Hotel and Casino after it was discovered that the director of slots, 45-year-old Frank Leeper, was creating fraudulent credit payouts, police said.
During their investigation, troopers determined that Leeper stole more than $3,000 from the casino on at least three separate occasions, and an arrest warrant was issued for his arrest.
When investigators questioned Leeper when he arrived at work Friday, he allegedly confessed to stealing the money. Leeper was booked with felony theft and jailed at the Caddo Correctional Center.
State Police said the casino cooperated fully with the investigation, and no patrons were defrauded as a result of Leeper's actions. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.
State Police Col. Mike Edmondson released the following statement:
"This arrest by Gaming Enforcement Troopers is believed to be the first arrest of a "key employee" within the gaming industry hierarchy in the state Louisiana. The trust that the public places in us to ensure a fair gaming experience is not something we take lightly. Troopers work diligently day and night to protect the public interest and ensure the integrity of gaming in Louisiana. This is accomplished through a multi-disciplined regulatory approach using proven best practices to prevent this type of activity."