Cleaning lady cleans out barber, uses money at casino

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A cleaning woman who stole more than $90,000 in cash and silver from a Byron Township man to finance her gambling pleaded guilty Tuesday to larceny over $20,000.

Investigators say that in addition to taking cash, Sheri Ann O'Reilly sold antique silver at a pawn shop and used the proceeds to finance gambling trips to Gun Lake Casino near Wayland.

The victim, a Byron Township barber, hired O'Reilly to clean his barbershop and home, according to court records. Kent County Sheriff's detectives say she stole from the man between January 2013 and January 2014.

In accepting the guilty plea, Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber told O'Reilly she is on the hook for restitution.

"I don't know how you're going to pay this and if you don't, all bets are off,'' Leiber said during Tuesday's plea hearing.

Investigators say they believe O'Reilly spent more than $100,000 at the casino – earning Gold card status, but only lost between $2,000 and $3,000.

O'Reilly, 48, who lives in Otsego, remains free on bond. She faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced in July.

Gun Lake Casino, located off U.S. 131 between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, features more than 1,500 slot machines and 33 table games. It is owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians.


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