Ex-Casino employee charged with embezzlement

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An 18-count indictment has been issued by a federal grand jury against a 30-year old Tucson man, accused of embezzling more than $600,000 from Desert Diamond Casino where he worked as a slot floor person. Investigators say it's the largest casino-related theft by an employee in Arizona casino history.

A conviction for Theft by Officer or Employee of Gaming Establishment on Indian Lands carries a maximum penalty of 20 years, a $1 million fine, or both. A conviction for Attempted Evasion of Assessment and Payment of Federal Individual Income Taxes carries a maximum penalty of 5 years, a $100,000 fine, or both. Vega's next court appearance is scheduled for September 18.