Mohegan Sun patron charged with making threats, demanding $100 million from casino worker

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Mohegan Tribal police arrested a New York man over the weekend on charges he threatened to have a casino employee killed if $100 million was not transferred into his savings account.

Mohegan Tribal Police said Rafael Rubinov, 44, of Rego Park, N.Y., entered the poker room at Mohegan Sun casino Saturday and dropped off his player’s card, a flash drive and a yellow envelope with a note to the poker room manager, telling him, “This is what I have for you,” according to police.

Police said that inside the envelope was a second flash drive, a second player’s card and a handwritten note stating in part that Rubinov’s “company” was willing to kill him, “that is to reveal all the secrets of the casino.”

The note makes reference to casino games being controlled by computers and to a “secret department created in an experimental solid institution with unlimited possibilities…”

Police arrested Rubinov without incident at the casino where he was charged with second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

Rubinov appeared Monday in Norwich Superior Court with a Russian interpreter. A judge ordered a mental health evaluation.

Rubinov remained held in lieu of a $2,500 cash bond Tuesday and is due back in court on Oct. 16. He has yet to enter a plea.


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