Former President of Las Vegas Casino Pleads Guilty to Aiding Illegal Gambling Operation
Scott Sibella, the former president and chief operating officer of Resorts World Las Vegas, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to charges that could result in a five-year prison sentence and fines amounting to $250,000.
The charges against Sibella stem from his time as president of the MGM Grand from 2010 to 2019. According to his plea agreement, he allowed Wayne Nix, a former minor league baseball player known to operate an illegal sports-betting business, to gamble at his casino in violation of anti-money-laundering laws.
Sibella, in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, expressed that he is pleased to have the investigation reaching a conclusion and accepts full responsibility for his actions and inactions, emphasizing that he took no action for his personal benefit.
The MGM Grand and the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, which was purchased by MGM Resorts in 2022, have also agreed to pay $7.5 million in fines in connection with Nix’s illegal activities.
Nix’s illegal gambling operation, which reportedly employed former pro athletes as bookies and catered to active NFL and MLB players, operated for almost two decades. Sibella’s association with Nix allowed the illegal business to flourish.
Sibella’s plea agreement reveals that he comped hotel stays and golf trips to Nix, allowing him to recruit new sports bettors during these trips. Nix pleaded guilty in 2022 to conspiracy to operate an illegal gambling business and filing a false tax return and faces up to eight years in prison.
Despite the impending legal battle, Sibella expressed his desire to remain in the casino industry and continues to provide his knowledge, skills, and insights to support the growth of the gaming industry.
Before his tenure at Resorts World, Sibella had also served as the president of The Mirage and held executive positions at Treasure Island, Tropicana, and the Golden Nugget.