Accused Baptist swindler sued for gambling debt

Allen Stanford
An accused swindler who allegedly traded on his Southern Baptist faith in business dealings owes more than a quarter-million dollars in gambling debt, according to a lawsuit filed by the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas.

Allen Stanford is in jail awaiting trial on charges of orchestrating a $7 billion Ponzi scheme. The gaming Web site Gambling 911 had reported that Stanford refused to deal with anyone associated with the gambling business because he claimed to be a Southern Baptist. Officials of the famous Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino, however, filed a suit September 1 claiming that Stanford signed for 14 gambling “markers” (checklike documents acknowledging a gambling debt) totaling $258,480 in the month before regulators shut down his empire in February.


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