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Well, that’s one way of getting your money back from the casino.

Shawnee resident Thomas Bierd, 35, was arrested April 23 for allegedly embezzling about $182,000 from Citizen Potawatomi Nation and faces six federal counts of embezzlement and theft.

A federal indictment alleges Bierd worked with Kristi Bias, 41, the former executive director of the tribe’s Community Development Corporation, to issue checks to illegitimate companies controlled by Bierd between December 2010 and September 2011.

Each could be sentenced to as many as five years in prison and might be forced to pay a $250,000 fine.

According to prosecutors, Bias pleaded guilty to related charges in November but has not yet been sentenced.

A return of $500,000 on a loss of $182,000? Forget gambling. It sounds like the best way to get rich is to have employees embezzle your cash.

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