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CUMBERLAND — A former employee of the Rocky Gap Casino and a Pennsylvania man have been charged with theft scheme violations stemming from alleged misuse of the casino's "free play" cards, according to the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations Unit.

Loss to the casino exceeded $170,000, police said.

Teandra Skye Smith, 36, of Cumberland, the former employee, was charged with theft scheme over $100,000 and conspiracy to commit theft scheme over $100,000.

Investigators also charged 50-year-old Grant Russell Long, of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, with theft scheme over $100,000 and conspiracy to commit theft scheme over $100,000.

Smith and Long were recently served criminal summonses. Both are free awaiting trial.

Resort management first reported the incident to Maryland State Police in October 2018.

Investigators said Smith and Long used the "free play" cards on different video games, resulting in Long winning cash prizes.

The cards are routinely given out to customers as an incentive for being good customers, but each employee has a limit on the value of the cards that can be given out.

In this case, police said, Smith issued cards to Long utilizing several other different customers' account numbers in order to try to conceal the transactions. She allegedly received a small sum of cash from Long in exchange for cooperating in the conspiracy.

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