roulette scam ring has been busted after the group hit all of Ohio's casinos,
including Hollywood Casino in Toledo.
Casino was just one of many scammed out of thousands of dollars. Four men have
been arrested so far, but according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission, there
could be more.
talking to some other states and some of the information that we understand is
that this group could be as large as 50 or 60 people," said Director of
Enforcement Karen Huey.
is one of 18 states falling victim to the roulette scam. Huey says it involves
a team of players. One player performs the scam – he or she buys $1 chips, then
while the other players on the team join the table and distract the dealer, the
original player pockets the chips.
or she then meets up with player number two and hands the chips over. Player
two heads back to the table, buys in at a much higher amount with the same
color chips and ends up putting the lower-value chips back into play.
scam turns $1 into $25 and costs the casino and the state money.
group hit Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati, where they were
gaming agency in the Cincinnati office recognized some suspicious behavior on
the floor, and they recognized that behavior very quickly and acted swiftly,"
explained Will Lucas, a local gaming commissioner representative. "They made
the arrest on the floor."
says this crime ring has been working this scam for a long time, creating fast
and experience scammers.
four men arrested will appear in court for sentencing next month.
Thursday, August 21 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:55:51 GMT
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