Ex-cashier gets 2-year sentence for stealing $100K from Yokosuka base casino
By TYLER HLAVAC | STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 18, 2018
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A former base worker has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing nearly $100,000 from a Yokosuka casino in 2015.
Cynthia Lopez Creseni, a 60-year-old Philippine citizen, was sentenced Jan. 12 by a U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo. She will be returned to her home country after her incarceration.
Creseni previously told a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent in Kansas that she repeatedly stole money while working as a cashier at a slot-machine room near Chili’s, according to an affidavit.
NCIS officials long suspected Creseni’s involvement after being notified of missing cash in March 2015, the affidavit said. It was Creseni who initially reported $112,300 missing from a safe after she returned from a vacation in the United States. As lead cashier, she was responsible for $227,300 during the time of the theft.
She denied involvement and fled to the Philippines.
In July 2015, Creseni entered the U.S. and overstaying her visitor visa, which led to her arrest at an unspecified date by the Department of Homeland Security, according to the affidavit.
Meanwhile, NCIS filed subpoenas to obtain Creseni’s phone and internet records.
NCIS special agent Gerald Martin found and interviewed Creseni on Jan. 24 at a fast-food restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas, where she confessed to the thefts, according to Martin’s affidavit.
Creseni first stole $1,000 to help a sick relative in the Philippines, the affidavit said.
“Creseni stated that she continued to take money over the course of six months, and falsified reconciliation documents that made the money appear as if it were accounted for during official audits,” the affidavit said.
Creseni borrowed money from a bank and from other people charging her interest, which fueled further thefts, according to the affidavit. She spent the money on family members, plane tickets and an apartment in Yokosuka.