Blackjack Cheat in South Dakota Sentenced for Witness Tampering

Convicted Blackjack Cheat Jordan Rondell Sentenced for Intimidating Witness

In South Dakota, Jordan Anthony Rondell, 36, has been sentenced to three years in prison and a year of supervised release for intimidating a witness, who happens to be his wife. Rondell was originally part of a team that conspired to cheat the Dakota Sioux Casino near Watertown, S. D. out of $10,000 on New Year’s Eve of 2015. He and his accomplices, Fem Gill and Jeremy Brown, were sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $8,700 in restitution to the casino after they were convicted of conspiracy involving theft by employees of a gaming establishment on Indian land.

In January 2023, Rondell harassed another person intentionally in an effort to prevent and dissuade them from assisting in a federal court proceeding. Rondell then filed a motion seeking release to the custody of his wife under the guise of needing assistance for an alleged pre-existing medical problem with his back. However, federal investigators later determined that the medical condition was false, and Rondell was seen coaching his wife on her false testimony through video footage submitted as evidence by prosecutors.

In addition to witness tampering, Rondell had previously conspired with dealers Fem Gill and Jeremy Brown to cheat at blackjack at the Dakota Sioux Casino. The dealers would pay Rondell for losing and pushed hands, and Rondell agreed to split the unlawful winnings with his accomplices. The pit boss, Lito Bolocon, was also involved in the scam and allowed the cheating to occur on his watch.

Initially facing a maximum of 20 years in prison, Rondell and his accomplices took a plea deal that resulted in six months in prison and restitution to the casino. Ultimately, Rondell’s involvement in witness tampering has extended his time in prison to three years.

The case serves as a reminder of the serious consequences for cheating in a casino and attempting to obstruct justice.