52-year-old philanthropist says he is not guilty

A Las Vegas case filed in February against 52-year-old retired Omaha businessman and philanthropist Terry Watanabe will be heard on May 13 following a Grand Jury indictment this week on two counts of theft and two counts of bad cheques.

The case involves $14.75 million which two Las Vegas land casinos claim is owed by Watanabe in respect of gambling debts (see previous InfoPowa report). Watanabe's legal representative has advised that his client, who is currently free on $1.5 million bail, will contest the charges.

Defense lawyer David Chesnoff says Watanabe has been "an honorable guest of Nevada casinos" and never intended to commit any wrongdoing.

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