Riva, wife of the Anoka County, Minnesota, sheriff, was responsible for
accounts receivable at the elite Guthrie Theater, a well-known performing
arts theater in Minneapolis. According to information later made public,
her gambling compulsion caused her to begin to "empty the cash from
the theater safe onto the blackjack tables at Mystic Lake Casino,
hand after losing hand." Discovering a deficit, accounts eventually
learned that she had stolen $418,000 in twelve months, but not before
requiring 1,062 hours of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
investigation; services of the U.S. attorney's office; judicial time of
a judge, jury, and numerous court employees; and, ultimately,
incarceration and supervised release. According to the investigation,
these services cost the public $100,646.57.
Gambling in America, Earl L. Grinols
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