Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on May 12, 1967 · Page 37
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 37

Tucson, Arizona
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Friday, May 12, 1967
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News Classified FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1967 PASE 37 Federal Grand Jury Indicts 7 Gamblers In Skimming Probe LAS VEGAS, Nev. (UPI)Seven longtime Nevada gamblers, including a friend of former Seriate aide Bobby Baker, were to surrender to federal authorities today on charges t h e y "skimmed" gambling money" from two plush resorts to evade taxes. A federal grand jury, following a six-month probe, returned two felony indictments late Thursday against the gamblers. . AH of the defendants were stockholders, at one time or another, hi the high rise downtown Fremont Hotel or the Riviera Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. from the dice or crap tables on. specified days, indicating an undercover federal surveillance was under way in Las Vegas from 1962 to 1964. Edward Levinson, 69, former president of the Fremont, was one of seven indicted. Levinson was a friend of Bobby Baker as well as Washington lobbyist Fred Black Jr. The Justice Department admitted in Washington during pre-trial proceedings in the Baker case that three telephone conversations were monitored between Baker and someone at the Fremont hotel. an original 4 per cent investor; Joseph Rosenberg, 56, a 6.5 per cent owner in the Riviera, and Frank Atol, 60, slot machine manager at the Riviera and a 1.5 per cent stockholder. U. S. dist. Judge Roger Foley set arraignment and entering of pleas for June 12 and agreed that the gamblers could surrender voluntarily and be released on their own recognizance. U. S. Atty. Stanley. Gimbel spearheaded the grand jury proceedings. He subpoenaed more than 100 witnesses including singer Frank Sinatra, who testified in January. Sinatra, a former Nevada gambling licensee at the Cal Neva Lodge at Lake Tahoe and the Sands Hotel on the Las Vegas strip, got out of Nevada gambling after allowing underworld figure Sam Giancana to stay at the lake Tahoe resort. T h e f e d e r a l government l a u n c h e d i t s unprecedented skimming probe in November, 196-two months after the Nevada Gaming Commission issued a report which exonerated gamblers of skimming allegations. The five-man gaining com- mission, a body responsible for policing Nevada's multimillion dollar gambling industry, conducted eight days of hearings last summer after newspapess published reports that money was skimmed in Nevada casinos and channeled into underworld coffers. The state probe also was triggered by a statement made in a Denver courtroom by U.S. attorneys who said certain Nevada gambling resorts had been bugged and that an apparent skimming operation was uncovered. Judge Foley dismissed the grand jury Thursday, eliminating the possibility of any additional skimming indictments in the immediate future. The defendants hi each indictment were charged specifically with conspiring to defraud the government of taxes. It was the first time the federal government stepped into Nevada's inner circle of legalized gambling to allege that money was skimmed behind the locked doors of the casino counting rooms. Skimming is a gambling term for raking profits off the top before the remainder is reported for tax purposes. Indictments said that the defendants "would appropriate, conceal and skim some of the currency" when they personally counted the casino- drop, or , profit, at the end of the shift. The indictments specifically referred to the counting of money Levinson filed a multimiliion dollar wiretap suit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the local telephone company and numerous individuals in December, 1965. The cases are still pending. O t h e r s indicted Thursday were Edward Torres, 59, a former gambling licensee in the Sands and Fremont Hotels; Cornelius Connie Hurley, 73, former 4 per cent stockholder in the Fremont; Paul Weyerman, 69, a card room boss and former 3 per cent owner in the F r e m o n t ; Ross Miller, 59, chairman of the board of directors of the Riveria Hotel and Guard, Reserve Viet Duty Seen WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Henry M. Jackson said today National Guardsmen and Reservists will have to be ordered to active military duty to meet manpower needs in Vietnam- and the decision will have to come soon. "I think they're going to have .·to call up some of the Reserve," the Washington Democrat said in an interview. "I just don't see any way out of it. "It's a decision that can't be postponed for too long," added Jackson, a Senate champion of President policies. Johnson's Vietnam Jackson said he does not know whether the Johnson administration is now contemplating that step. "I don't see any other way to get the men that are needed," he said. Jackson serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and on occasion has been an administration spokesman on war policy. Three other senators agreed more men undoubtedly are going to be sent to Vietnam soon. There are 442,000 troops in the war zone now, with a boost to at least 470,000s due by the end of the year. Pentagon officials disclosed Thursday a planned new Army infantry brigade -- t h e - 198th Infantry Brigade numbering about 5,600 men -- will be sent to Vietnam. But officials said it may take nine months to prepare the new unit for combat. Based at Ft. Hood, Tex., the brigade will be the fifth major unit created especially for the Vietnam war since September 1965. While officials said they do not anticipate creating any additional brigades or divisions, reporters recalled a similar forecast sometime ago. And the Pentagon stressed that the possibility ' of forming new units cannot be ruled out. 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