The AGED revealed in a filing at the Hennepin County District Court last week that the two mobile bandits frequented the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake and the Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch.
The case is one-of-a-kind in Minnesota, which added slot machines and tables to its list of legal casino offerings in 1988 but has not legalized online casinos.
"Prior to [this] case, we have had no other cases of that nature reported to us," said Nicole Roddy, a spokesperson for the agency.
The American Gaming Association also said that it is not aware of any cases like this one. Vice president for government relations, Alex Costello, said the criminals’ actions “violate casinos' ... anti-money-laundering protocols and are a threat to our financial system.”
The two suspects are unnamed at this time. However, a search warrant affidavit described a 39-year-old man from Edina, and his younger brother. The latter has been involved in illicit escapades before but is not always present.
The account used by the pair has 165,000 followers worldwide. Videos on the account imply the operation has been going on for at least three months and show everything from gambling floors to cash winnings, including a $15,000 jackpot last month.
According to the agency, the 39-year-old charges a $5.99 subscription to all of his followers who take advantage of his gambling service. He also takes $25 from $100 deposit, regardless of the resultant wins or losses, which is not exactly standard protocol for how to place a bet with a bookie.
The AGED has asked the court for permission to access the man’s financial records and payment app login history dating back to October, among other requests.