Monday, January 18, 2010

Former Mohegan Sun Dealer Pleads Guilty To Cheating

Fearher News

This installment of the Tribe In The Media is an article in The Day about a former Mohegan Sun dealer that pleaded guilty to participating in a scam that bilked casinos across the United States and Indian Country.

Ex-Sun dealer performed 'false shuffles' in conspiracy
By Karen Florin
The Day
January 16,2010

A former Mohegan Sun dealer has pleaded guilty to helping a criminal organization steal more than $100,000 in a card cheating scam.

Jesus Rodriguez, 40, of Grove Avenue, Groton, faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced April 7 in U.S. District Court in New Haven. He pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Rodriguez performed "false shuffles" in blackjack and mini-baccarat games in 2005 at the casino in conspiracy with members of the San Diego, Calif.-based "Tran organization." The organization victimized numerous North American casinos.

Through the false shuffle scheme, a co-conspirator tracked the order of cards as they were legitimately played and then Rodriguez, who was bribed or had been promised a bribe, performed a false shuffle. After the false shuffle created a "slug" of un-shuffled cards, a co-conspirator tracked the order of cards until the slug reappeared in the cards as they were being dealt. A co-conspirator then signaled to other co-conspirators as to how to bet on the subsequent hands in order to cheat the casino out of its funds.

More than 30 individuals, including Rodriguez, were charged in the Southern District of California as a result of this investigation, which was led by the Department of Justice Criminal Division's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section (OCRS). The cheating schemes occurred at more than two dozen casinos in the United States and Canada.

The parties agreed to transfer the Rodriguez case to the District of Connecticut for further prosecution.