Council Bluffs casino employees and patron charged with roulette scammingCasinos across the world have rules and regulations in place to ensure fair gaming. Both patrons as well as employees of the venues have to follow such regulations to ensure fairness throughout. The majority of the time, this is done with ease. However, there are times when employees and patrons will work together to try and scam the casino out of cash. The most recent case occurred in Council Bluffs at the Horseshoe Casino.
The casino has seen a former supervisor, dealer and customer charged with conspiring to rig the roulette game after thousands of dollars were taken during a scam. The three individuals conducted their scam at least five different times during the months of February and March over a four week time frame. Investigators have revealed that as much as $20,000 to $30,000 was earned in the process.
During the scam, the dealer and player would move and add chips to winning numbers and accept late bets. This is illegal but done to try and win money without actually winning the game. The scheme was able to take place several times before another player at the roulette table caught on.
On the 29th of March, this player complained about the odd behavior to the management team of the casino who then alerted the incident to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Video from surveillance cameras was reviewed and it was determined that the pit boss Jonathan Rumery, the dealer Jonathan Waugh and a player Cody Schroeder were involved.
After an investigation lasting three months took place, the three individuals were arrested and charged. Reportedly it was Rumery who created the scheme and approached Waugh, and discussions were had on how to carry out the plan. In the beginning, the player was only winning small amounts which quickly escalated into larger amounts of cash. The three now face several charges for their actions.
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