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      Six people sentenced in northern Michigan casino scam

      The United States District Court in Marquette said the six were part of a scam that used a light wand to manipulate poker machines at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie.

      Joe Koster and five others were sentenced this week for conspiracy to defraud the United States.

      The United States District Court in Marquette said the six were part of a scam that used a light wand to manipulate poker machines at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie.

      Koster was sentenced to 3 years in prison, 3 years supervised release, and ordered to pay $308,370.45 in restitution.

      Michael Patterson will serve 18 months behind bars, 2 years supervised release, and have to pay back $308,370.45.

      Cheryl Steinsiek must serve 13 months in prison, 2 years supervised release, and have to pay back $308,370.45.

      Vanessa Robb was sentenced to 1 month behind bars, 2 years supervised release and pay $150,000 in restitution while her husband Bruce will serve 6 months in prison, 2 year supervised release, and also pay back $150,000.

      Jeffrey Neighbors will serve 9 months, 3 years supervised release, and owes $67,000 in restitution.