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Plea deal on cheating at casino gambling charge

Tama County District Court

September 3, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Before Judge Fae Hoover-Grinde in Tama County District court in Toledo:

A Cushing, Texas, man, Oscar Ortega Rios, 38, accused of cheating at gambling, a Class D felony, at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino was fined $315 in a plea bargain agreement.

The cheating charge was amended to 4th degree theft.

Rios entered a written guilty plea.

He was accused of capping bets at a gambling game by adding chips to his bets after the hands were in play. He did this three times in a 10-minute time span on Aug. 24, 2013, according to the compliant field by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Officer Jacob Molitor.

Roberto Morales, 34, Toledo, entered a written guilty plea to forgery. He was sentenced to a suspended, two-year prison term. A $625 fine was also suspended. He was placed on probation for two years.

Morales was accused of presenting a false Texas identification card to Toledo Police Officer Joe McMillen on Jan. 13.

Willy Laverne Haughey, 49, Tama, pleaded guilty to 1st offense drunken driving. He was sentenced to seven days in jail with all but two suspended and fined $1,250. He was directed to pay sheriff's jail fees of up to $60 a day and to complete a 12 hour Drinking Drivers Program. He was placed on self-supervised probation for one year.

Haughey was charged on July 27 by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Officer Brock Gilbert.

Joe Robert Harris, 50, rural Chelsea, pleaded guilty to driving while license revoked. He was fined $1,000.

Harris was charged on March 20 on U.S. Highway 30 at M Avenue by Tama County deputy sheriff Brian Randall.

Luis Puentes-Lopez, 20, Montour, entered a written guilty plea to assault on persons engaged in certain occupations. he was fined $315. The court ruled he may perform community service in lieu of paying the fine.

Puentes-Lopez was charged on June 20 after Tama Police Officer Mark Berar observed him lying on a sidewalk in a front of a pub on June 20 according to court records. He was described as uncooperative and physically resisted the officer . He also was reported to having attempted to kick a Tama County deputy sheriff in the face with his foot in the booking room of the Sheriff's Office in Toledo.



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