Nevada imposes both civil and criminal penalties on individual who fail to pay their casino gambling debts. The type of debts the casinos are allowed to seek prosecution for include: unpaid markers, bad checks and fraud. These debts are considered felonies.

What is the Penalty for Unpaid Markers?

A marker, a type of check, is casino credit. The check allows the casino to draw money owed to it from the gambler’s bank account. But when a gambler doesn’t have enough money in the account to cover the debt it’s considered fraud. Fraud involves lying to a financial institution to obtain money or credit. The minimum prison sentence for unpaid marker fraud is six months.

Can I Be Accused of Making False Statements to Obtain Markers?

Yes. Making false statements to obtain benefits is a crime in Nevada. This means the person lied about their ability to repay the marker because of lack of credit, cash, or collateral to cover the debt. If charged as a misdemeanor, it’s a $250 fine. But if charged as a felony, there could harsher penalties.

How is Forgery Connected to Unpaid Casino Markers?

Forgery involves using counterfeit records with the intent to defraud the casino. The forgery could involve the amount of money or credit in the bank. It’s a class D felony and has a prison sentence of 1 to 4 years and a fine.

Can an Unpaid Marker Become a Bad Check Criminal Charge?

Yes. According to Nevada law, an unpaid marker is similar to passing a bad check. Passing a bad check involves willfully using a check knowing there’s insufficient funds to cover the amount. It’s a class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

Should I Contact a Lawyer about My Unpaid Marker?

Yes. Talk to an entertainment lawyer about any criminal charge related to unpaid markers.