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Convicted slot cheat gets Black Book nomination

3 May 2013

LAS VEGAS -- A convicted slot machine cheat on Thursday became the first nominee in almost four years to Nevada’s Excluded Person List, commonly referred to as the Black Book.

The Nevada State Gaming Control Board Gaming Commission unanimously nominated Roderick William Dee II for inclusion on the list, which makes it a felony for that person to enter a Nevada casino. The list currently has 33 names.

Dee, 58, who lives in Las Vegas, has at least four felony convictions for attempting to use different devices to rig jackpots or change payouts on a slot machine. Three of the convictions are in Las Vegas and one was from Kansas City, Mo.

Deputy Attorney General Ed Magaw told the control board there are outstanding warrants for Dee’s arrest in California and Indiana for attempted slot machine cheating activities. Missouri gaming regulators also placed Dee on that state’s excluded persons list.

In his presentation to the control board, Magaw said Dee was associated in Nevada with Michael McNeive, who was placed in the Black Book in August 2009. McNeive is the list’s most recent inclusion.

Magaw said Dee, who is currently on probation, was notified by state gaming agents of Thursday’s hearing, but he did not attend.

The Nevada Gaming Commission will set a hearing date on Dee’s nomination, and he would have the opportunity to fight the inclusion.

Control Board Member Terry Johnson said all it took was one felony conviction such as the four on Dee’s record for Dee to earn a nomination.

“He obviously poses a threat to the state of Nevada because of his propensity to violate state gaming laws and the gaming laws in other states,” Johnson said.

Dee pleaded guilty in 1998 to a charge of attempted burglary when he tied to cheat a slot machine at the Flamingo Laughlin. In 2003, he tried to cheat a slot machine at a Rite Aide drug store in Las Vegas and also pleaded guilty to attempted burglary.

On both occasions, Dee was placed on probation and given suspended jail sentences.

He pleaded guilty to another slot cheating felony at the Casino Royale in Las Vegas in 2011. The year before, a Missouri court gave Dee probation for trying to manipulate the results of a slot machine at Harrah’s Kansas City.

“He is a resident of Nevada and he has two active warrants for his arrest,” Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett said. “He clearly should be added to the list.”

Burnett said he expects another associate of Dee will be nominated for inclusion in the Black Book at a future control board meeting.