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Four indicted in alleged Borgata poker scam

6 October 2008

TRENTON, N.J. -- As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Four men indicted Thursday in a high-tech gambling scheme rented a room at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to host private, high-stakes games of Chinese poker, backgammon and chess, authorities say.

"They rigged a nearby room with surveillance equipment and computers to cheat a high-roller out of tens of thousands of dollars, according to the indictment. But shortly before the victim was to arrive, State Police searched the two hotel rooms, arrested the four men and seized the equipment.

"The four defendants - Joseph Ingargiola, 51, of Las Vegas; James Harrison, 42, of Duluth, Minn.; Stephen Phillips, 53, of Las Vegas; and Steven Forte, 52, of Las Vegas - were indicted by an Atlantic County grand jury Thursday on charges of second-degree attempted theft by deception, Attorney General Anne Milgram said.

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