United States Attorney Ron Parsons has announced that a Mays Landing, NJ man, charged with wire fraud, has pled guilty and was sentenced 41 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution to decoded nations gaming enterprise in the amount of $149,600.
According to the Department of Justice, Mark A. Johnson, 66 was convicted for the fraud that occurred between March and July 2014.
In February 2014, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal council authorized the Dakota Magic Casino to purchase lawn maintenance equipment from Johnson who had submitted a proposal to the Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise to provide refurbished lawn maintenance equipment.
Johnson falsely and fraudulently represented that the equipment would be delivered to the Dakota Magic Casino four to six weeks after the date he ordered it. The Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise agreed to purchase the refurbished lawn maintenance equipment from Johnson.
On March 28th, 2014, Dakota Magic Casino prepared and mailed a check for $149,600 payable to Atlantic Power and Equipment, a business ran by Johnson, for the refurbished lawn maintenance equipment.
Johnson received and deposited the check and used the funds for his own purposes. The equipment was never delivered to Dakota magic casino, nor did Johnson refund the money to the casino. T
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of investigation and prosecuted by the US attorney's office. Johnson was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal’s service.