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Former LaPorte Schools chief, wife, arrested in Illinois

Rande Thorpe

Rande Thorpe

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Updated: April 23, 2014 6:11AM



The former superintendent of LaPorte schools and his wife face criminal charges for allegedly being part of a ring of gambling cheats that manipulated video keno machines at a Joliet, Ill., casino.

Rande Thorpe, 57, and his wife, Virginia, 59, now of Corpus Christi, Texas, are accused of scheming with three Las Vegas residents to rig the machines at a Harrah’s casino in April 2013 so they paid five times the actual winnings, according to an indictment. The alleged accomplices remain at large, authorities said.

The couple are charged with burglary, computer fraud, computer tampering and cheating at a gambling game. They were released after posting 10 percent of their $50,000 bail, and a judge allowed them to return to Texas while the case is pending.

Virginia Thorpe reportedly is also wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Mississippi.

WSBT-TV in South Bend reported that Rande Thorpe was arrested Jan. 22 in Tunica, Miss., for allegedly manipulating a slot machine at a casino there.

Thorpe resigned Jan. 20 as superintendent of LaPorte County Schools, WSBT-TV said.

Post-Tribune staff report



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