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Casino reward cards have long been one of the perks of being a habitual gambler. One Arizona couple is accused of using a rewards program to scam a local casino out of about $27,000.

Mark Allen Lomayestewa, an employee of Casino Arizona, allegedly filed false player reports in his girlfriend's name to rack up rewards points, The Arizona Republic reports. Now, Lomayestewa and girlfriend Henrietta Wagner are facing federal charges for embezzlement and theft.

Hollywood often depicts the men who don Santa Claus costumes during the holiday season in a less-than-flattering light.

But some (alleged) criminals have gone one step further than Hollywood to drag St. Nick's image right through the mud. Below, we've included a list of some real-life "Bad Santas" from Christmases past and present.

David Luellen was kicked out of a Scottsdale bar early Monday after getting into a drunken argument with the bartender. Luellen wanted revenge, so he decided to slash the bartender's tires.

The problem was that Luellen wasn't sure which car belonged to the bartender. He didn't let that stop him, however.

Luellen was arrested after reportedly slashing the tires of 21 cars in a nearby parking garage, CBS 5 News reports. He's now facing charges for theft, burglary, and criminal damage.

After Friday's tragedy, it's mindboggling that someone would joke around about a school shooting. A 17-year-old Prescott girl, however, is accused of doing just that.

Both Prescott High School and Taylor Hicks Elementary School were placed on lockdown Friday after school officials received a report about a gunman in the area. When questioned, however, the student who made the report told authorities she "made it up," Fox 10 News reports.

The girl now faces felony charges for the hoax.

It's hard to believe that just a few decades ago, corporal punishment was an acceptable disciplinary measure in schools. Now, hitting a student can land you in jail.

Salina Kinlicheeny, a kindergarten teacher at Kinsey Elementary in Flagstaff, knows all about that. Kinlicheeny allegedly slapped a kindergartner who was throwing a tantrum. She's now facing misdemeanor aggravated assault charges, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.

U.S. Border Patrol Agents say that drug smugglers used a pneumatic-powered cannon to fire canisters filled with marijuana across the border, AZfamily.com reports. What will they think of next?

Border agents received a report of suspicious containers showing up in a field near San Luis, Arizona. When they searched the area, they found 33 cans containing a total of 85 pounds of pot. So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

Jodi Arias didn't want her boyfriend Travis Alexander to leave her, so she killed him, prosecutors say.

Alexander's roommates found his body at their Mesa home on June 9, 2008. According to authorities, Arias had shot Alexander in the face, stabbed him 27 times, and slit his throat. Jury selection in Arias' murder trial began Monday, AZfamily.com reports.

It's unclear just what Demarco Alonzo Thomas thought the police could do for him. Thomas allegedly agreed to transport drug money from North Carolina to Tucson for a cartel, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

He called police last month after he lost $20,000 of the drug money and was threatened by the cartel. But officers found the missing $20,000 stashed in Thomas' suitcase and wallet. The money was confiscated and Thomas was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and racketeering.

Richard Dale Stokley was executed Wednesday after being convicted of murdering two 13-year-old girls in rural Cochise County, The Associated Press reports.

In 1991, Stokley and Randy Brazeal reportedly lured Mandy Meyers and Mary Snyder into the desert where they raped and murdered the teens, according to prosecutors.

While Brazeal entered into a plea agreement and was spared the death penalty, Stokley was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been accused of doing what he's paid to prevent. According to authorities, Agent Aaron Anaya stopped near the border Sunday evening and picked up about 147 pounds of marijuana.

The agent then continued on with his day before being busted by a federal drug task force. Anaya has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and carrying a firearm while committing a crime, The Associated Press reports.

He also had some choice words upon being arrested.