Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Extortionist Faces New Indictment

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Extortionist Faces New Indictment

Article excerpt

Elgin Vinson, sentenced to prison for demanding money from a retired university president to buy silence about their sexual encounter, has a new problem.

An indictment says he used a phony identity to buy or redeem nearly $17,000 in gambling tokens at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis.

Vinson, 22, was scheduled to be in court Thursday for a hearing to determine whether he should be sent to Illinois, where he was indicted last month.

The federal indictment was made public Tuesday. The indictment accuses Vinson of using false identification on Oct. 4, 1994, when he used $13,800 to buy Casino Queen gambling tokens. Vinson used another name and falsely claimed he was of legal age to gamble, said the indictment, returned May 9 by a federal grand jury in Benton, Ill.

In addition, the indictment alleges that on Oct. 5, 1994, Vinson used false identification in cashing $3,180 in Casino Queen tokens.

Illinois requires casino gamblers to be at least 21. …

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