Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on January 11, 1984 · 15
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Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, January 11, 1984 Section 1 15' r:alicavcr!d Grand jury indicts 5 in casino scam By Ronald Koztol Chicago Tribune 'LAS VEGAS Five former casine employees of the Stardust Hotel; were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury investigating a scheme to skim between $2.5 million and $5.2 million from gambling operations over the past four years. The hotel-casino's parent corporation, Trans-Sterling Inc., headed by former Chicagoan Allen Sachs, also was named in the scheme. But neither Sachs nor his partner, Herb Tobman, were indicted. Stan Hunter-ton, U.S. strike force attorney here, said the investigation is continuing. J Indictments were returned against five other people, including reputed Chicago mob associates Philip Ponto, 77, and Joseph Talerico, 68. They were charged with criminal contempt for failing to answer questions before the grand jury, although they had been given immunity from prosecution. Criminal contempt carries a pentalty of up to 5 years in prison. The indictments were announced by U.S. Attorney Lamonde R. Mills, who said the five former casino employees were charged with various counts of mail fraud, tax fraud and racketeering. The five are Louis Salerno, onetime director of casino operations', Frederick Pandolfo, assistant casino manager; Lawrence Carpenter, cage cashier; Vincent Sammarco; and James Gabriele. THE INDICTMENTS came only hours after the Nevada Gaming Commission approved a settlement under which Sachs and Tobman surrendered their licenses to operate the Stardust, Fremont and Sundance casinos. Sachs and Tobman and their two companies Trans-Sterling and Karat Inc. also must pay fines totaling $3 million, the largest such assessment in the 52-year history of legal gambling in Nevada. They have 130 days to sell the three casino-hotels. The penalties stem from a state investigation into allegations that Sachs and Tobman allowed $1.5 million to be skimmed from gambling at the- Stardust casino during 1982 and part of 1983. Mills pointed out that the charges contained in Tuesday's federal indictment covered different activities and time periods than the state investigation. ACCORDING TO the indictment, Sachs assumed operating control of the Stardust from Allen Glick on May 16, 1979. Sachs appointed Salerno casino manager that same day, the indictment says, and later named him director of casino operations. The document says that between May 26, 1979, and Sept. 12, 1981, Salerno forged the signatures of various Stardust dealers approximately 400 times. The forgeries were on fraudulent fill slips that disguised the diversion of cash from the casino cage, Mills explained. ; s ". v ' "-" . ' . ... . v : "I Frank Church Frank Church faces surgery -NEW YORK tUPIl-Frank Church, the 59-year-old former Idaho senator, is "gravely ill" and will undergo surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettenng Cancer Center this week, hospital officials said Tuesday. Nancy Dzaja. a hospital spokeswoman, said the operation will be performed on Thursday. A close friend of the former Democratic senator, attorney Mike Wetherell. said he was informed by a former Church staffer that Church may be suffering from pancreatic cancer. Idaho Gov. John Evans said he had been informed that Church was "gravely ill." ,"He has been having trouble for the last two or three months," Wetherell said. "They have been unable to trace down the source of the problem. They think it could be the pancreas, but it may be the liver or problems with old scar tissue from his previous bout with cancer." . CHURCH HAD testicular cancer as a young man, but it was cured by radiation therapy, Wetherell said. Penny Groos, Church's secretary In Washington, said only that Church was admitted to the cancer center Sunday afternoon "for tests to determine the nature of an ongoing ailment." v Church served in the Senate for 24 years, from his election in 1956 until his defeat in 1980 by Republican Steven Symms. . i 1 ' ' " Y9 1 v" Si' ' ;", , U . ;- - A ' 4 ... t t . ; I'- - i 1,000 cheers for diplomacy U.S. Ambassador to Japan Mike Mansfield toasts Japanese Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe during their introduction Tuesday in Tokyo. Mansfield was the APLawrphoto 1,000th diplomat to meet with Abe, who took office' just two months ago. Abe is scheduled to meet with President Reagan in Washington later this month. iif ! . t-, Hm Germans postpone trial after terrorist's threat BONN IUPI1 Authorities Tuesday postponed the trial of a terrorist following threats by the notorious "Carlos the Jackal'1 to assassinate West Germany's interior minister if the case went ahead. "There is no question of our being blackmailed by Carlos although the question of security was a factor in the considerations as well as a number of other matters," said a West German Justice Ministry spokesman. Justice authorities in Cologne said they had indefinitely postponed the trial of Gabriele Kroecher-Tiedemann, 32, that was scheduled; to open Jan, 24. She is accused of shooting an Iraqi' security man and an Austrian policeman during an attack on a meeting of OPEC oil ministers in Vienna in 1976. - The Justice Ministry spokesman said the decision to postpone the trial was made for a number of reasons, including witnesses' availability and travel arrangements. Hi, ? r I ; II M' : I misses; petites; women's sizes! 19.99 id 49.99 Were 70.00 to 1 40.00, great groups of dresses by famous names! In the collections: 19.99 Just Mort Knits, Lady Carol, Nlkl, Natural - Ingredients 29.99 Walden Suits, Plaza South, Checkaberry 39.99 Chaus, DLS Silks, Chez 49.99 Liz Claiborne, DLS Silks, Maggy London 'Til January 30th or until all are cleared in Dresses, fourth floor, Wabash; Gateway, Prudential and all suburban stores. Shop late Wednesday at all suburban stores. He said the ministry was deliberat-. ing whether Kroecher-Tiedemann, who is currently jailed in Switzer- ' land on other terrorist charges. could be extradited from Switzerland for the trial. ', THE ATTACK ON the OPEC meeting was planned by the interna- tionally wanted terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as "Carlos" or "the Jackal," who recently i claimed responsibility for a number f of attacks in Berlin and France in recent months. ; In November a letter apparently J bearing Carlos' fingerprints was re- ceived dv the West German Embas- - J sy in Jiddah claiming responsibility for an Aug. 25 attack on the French. cultural center in West Berlin that killed one person. ...... - In the letter, he threatened bomb , attacks and the assassination of I West German Interior Minister", Friedrich Zimmermann if the"-Kroecher-Tiedemann trial took;' place. ?J 4 A f:

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