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Man swindles thousands from Mill Casino

Howard Harlib, currently in state custody in Florida will have to pay $12,500 in restitution to the Coquille Indian Tribe.

Posted: Jun 3, 2020 7:05 AM
Updated: Jun 3, 2020 11:00 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – A man already in custody that had been swindling people out of money for decades, including the Mill Casino in North Bend, was sentenced to more time in federal prison and three years’ supervised release Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Howard Harlib, 67, has been in state custody in Florida since 2016 after being convicted of unrelated charges.

On Tuesday, Harlib pleaded guilty and was sentenced to federal supervised release for falsely claiming to represent The Village People band and swindling $12,500 from The Mill Casino, owned and operated by the Coquille Indian tribe.

According to court documents, back in 2015 Harlib reached out to the Mill Casino through advertising the opportunity to book The Village People for a show.

After responding and discussing the opportunity with Harlib the Mill Casino agreed to the booking.

The Mill Casino signed an artistic engagement contract through email and returned it to Harlib with a check for $12,500.

Harlib cashed the check and then in January 2016, the casino discovered that The Village People were scheduled to appear in Florida the same day they were booked to play in North Bend.

After not being able to reach Harlib, the casino contacted another representative of the band and that representative confirmed that Harlib did not have any association with the band.

Harlib will have to pay $12,500 in restitution to the Coquille Indian Tribe.

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