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Three charged with cheating new Washington casino

21 November 2008

KING COUNTY, Washington -- As reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "King County prosecutors have filed charges against three New York men accused of trying to fleece the newly opened Snoqualmie Casino.

"Jorge A. Acosta, Jose Peralta-Yapor and Marcos Peynado were arrested at the North Bend casino Nov. 10, four days after the tribe-owned facility opened. Prosecutors have since charged all three men with first-degree cheating, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

"According to court documents, casino security spotted a group of six men trying a well-known cheating scheme at one of the casino's roulette tables.

"One member of the group bought roulette chips at $1 each and then surreptitiously pocketed some chips from the table while playing. He then left the table with dozens of chips hidden in his pocket. That player then met a second player elsewhere in the casino and handed off the chips. The second player returned to the table, bought chips of the same color at $25 each, and later cashed out the stolen chips at the higher value after playing.

"...Police estimate the group of men was able to steal about $1,500 from the casino in less than an hour..."

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