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FALLS WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM CASINO

A city woman hit the jackpot Wednesday afternoon at Seneca Niagara Casino, when a machine paid off nearly $8,000. But when she tried to leave with her jackpot, she was arrested.

According to casino staff, the machine was a bill breaker, which gives out change, on the gaming floor. The machine apparently malfunctioned when Carla S. Ruffin, 32, of 73rd Street, put in $20 and the machine spit out five $5 bills and 84 $100 bills. About $600 of the cash remained jammed in the machine.

Ruffin was charged by state police at 2 p.m. when staff said she left the casino with "money that she had no right to keep."

She pleaded not guilty later in the day in City Court to a felony grand larceny count and was released on her own recognizance. She is accused of stealing $7,785. The case was adjourned to May 26.

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