The Emerald Queen Casino & Hotel in Fife, Washington. Photo: Puyallup Tribe
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Washington couple admits to fraud as they gambled millions at casino

A husband and wife in Washington are pleading guilty for their roles in defrauding the federal government and ordinary Americans while they gambled away millions at a tribal casino.

Cheryl D. Mann admitted to one count of Social Security fraud on Friday. According to court documents, she failed to report more than $1.6 million in income to the government while receiving benefits for herself, her husband and one of their dependents.

“I never pictured myself in a place where I’d be dealing with fraud,” Mann said in federal court, KREM reported.

Mann's husband, Floyd Jay Mann Jr., may soon be offering apologies too. He plans to plead guilty to "all counts" of a 19-count indictment that accuses him of cheating a number of people in Alaska by falsely claiming he was coming into a multimillion-dollar settlement.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Alaska, Mann took $2.7 million from his victims. The money was then used to "gamble at a casino," his indictment stated.

According to KDLG, which reported extensively on the case after the indictment was announced last September, the Manns gambled at the Emerald Queen Casino, which is owned by the Puyallup Tribe. They even posted pictures of their winnings on social media, the station said.

Court documents do not indicate that the casino was cheated but Cheryl Mann's attorney said she had a "system" for winning on slot machines at Emerald Queen, KREM reported. "It worked,” the attorney was quoted as saying.

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