Nebraska Philanthropist Fighting Gambling Debt Indictment

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A lawyer for a prominent Nebraska philanthropist says he'll fight a grand jury indictment accusing him of failing to repay $14.75 million in gambling debts to two Las Vegas casinos.

A lawyer for Terrance "Terry" Watanabe said Thursday the 52-year-old former Omaha businessman will plead not guilty at his arraignment May 13.

Watanabe remained free on $1.5 million bail Wednesday while the Clark grand jury handed up an indictment containing two theft and two bad check charges. He was initially charged in February with the same charges, which could get him probation or up to 16 years in prison if convicted.

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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