Antoine Walker, who played in the NBA for thirteen (13) seasons, pled guilty
this week to a Bad Check charge in criminal court in connection with several
unpaid casino markers. Between 2008 and 2009, Walker racked up nearly
$1,000,000.00 in markers at three Las Vegas casinos – Caesar's
Palace, Planet Hollywood and the Red Rock Resort & Casino. Prosecutors
dismissed two other counts in exchange for the guilty plea. Prosecutors
agreed not to seek prison time unless Walker fails to pay the approximately
$750,000.00 in outstanding restitution.
Nevada law allows prosecutors to treat
unpaid casino markers exactly the same as if the person wrote a bad check. If the value exceeds
$250.00, an unpaid casino maker can be charged as a felony offense. A
felony bad check is punishable by up to four (4) years in prison. Prosecutors
also frequently charge
fraud in unpaid casino marker cases. A conviction on any of these charges can
have substantial and long-lasting effects on the person's professional
reputation and credit rating.
If you or someone you know has been contacted by casino or prosecutor's
office regarding an unpaid casino marker, or if you have been charged
with passing a bad check due to an unpaid casino marker, it is important
to contact a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer right away. A Las Vegas
Criminal Defense Attorney can assist you by analyzing the facts of your
case and identifying applicable defenses. The Las Vegas Criminal Defense
Attorney can help you develop the most aggressive litigation strategy
possible to protect your legal rights.