- Two Florida men arrested for attempted casino scam
- Strong sentences demonstrate the risks involved with potential gambling fraud
Would-be cheaters beware – a hefty jail term could be coming your way if you pull any funny business in a new casino resort in the Bahamas.
Scamming the system
Luiz Sanchez, a 34-year-old Floridian from Miramar and Jose Nemejon, from Miami, had evolved a scam whereby they obtained almost $6,000 in chip-swapping, it was alleged.
Security workers were first alerted to the scam when they identified that Sanchez was pocketing chips at the roulette table, just before he chose to cash out of the game. He would then leave for the bathroom, deposit the purloined chips in a hidden area, and alert his partner in crime. Nemejon would then visit the same area, collect the chips, and commence a new game.
The scam was designed to enable Nemejon to play the game, and then ultimately cash in more chips regardless of whether he won or lost at the game; ultimately enabling the pair to access almost $6,000 from a losing game, the report stated.
Attempts to excuse the crime
According to the report, even after they were caught in the attempted scam, both men stated that they had been coerced into the ploy by an unknown third person, whom they called ‘Marco’. Police on the scene were able to recover over $200 from Sanchez and $1,608 from Nemejon upon their arrest.
Both men were found guilty on charges of fraud by false pretences, and conspiracy to commit fraud. They were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for the crime, evidencing the fact that, sometimes, taking a gamble can lead to greater losses than walking away with nothing.
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