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New York Man Arrested for Threat Against Casino Employee

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A report over at brings to light how either totally stupid or completely desperate people are in today's world. Rafael Rubinov of Rego Park, N.Y., went to the Mohegan Sun last weekend where he dropped off his player's card, along with a note, a yellow envelope, and a flash drive. The Mohegan Tribal Police said the 44-year-old Rubinov told the poker room manager, “This is what I have for you!”

The essence of Rubinov's casino visit was to extract $100 million or he would have a casino employee killed if the cash wasn't transferred into his savings account.

The envelope is said to have contained a second flash drive, an additional player's card and a handwritten note. The note went on to reveal that Rubinov's "company" was prepared to kill him (we assume the poker room manager was going to be the victim), “that is to reveal all the secrets of the casino.”

Apparently the note was referring to computers controlling the casino games and to a “secret department created in an experimental solid institution with unlimited possibilities…”

Rubinov was arrested at the casino and has been charged with second-degree breach of peace and second-degree threatening. He utilized the services of a Russian interpreter when he went to Norwich Superior Court on Monday. A mental health evaluation has been ordered by the judge. He must return to court on October 16th and is being held in lieu of a cash bond in the amount of $2,500 as of Tuesday. No plea has been entered yet in his case.

Desperate people do desperate things but we can't help but wonder if he thought he would get away with it or how he thought he would pull it off unless he was simply hoping to get arrested and remove himself from the daily grind.

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