CLEVELAND – Seven people have each been charged with one count of gambling, a felony of the fifth degree, after they were allegedly caught cheating at the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland.
According to a release from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, “the defendants were each caught cheating on various casino games such as Black Jack, Texas Hold’Em, Roulette and Craps by either past posting, making a bet after the time allowed, capping/stacking a bet, adding chips to a bet after a good outcome is predictable, or removing bets on losing hands/rolls.”
The casino opened on May 14th and according to the prosecutor’s office, the suspects were found cheating between May 22nd and June 17th.
The seven men from Northeast Ohio have been identified as: Nidal Abuaun, 49, of Lakewood, Nathaniel Emory, 40, of Cleveland, Russell Heidenreich, 46, of Cleveland, Aaron Higdon, 29, of Cleveland, Philip Koch, 54, of Lakewood, Theodore Shepherd, 53, of Cleveland, and Louis Wilkerson, 30, of Akron.
“We’re all working together to make sure that people can enjoy the casino and that most people that go down there aren’t cheating and the few people that are caught cheating – because they are surveilling the people playing the games – if they are caught cheating and since it is a crime, we will prosecute them,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Colleen Reali.
Attorney General Mike DeWine issued the following statement: “From the very beginning we warned the would-be cheaters that our gaming agents, working under the Casino Control Commission, were all highly trained to spot casino crooks. These indictments show that if someone comes into one of Ohio’s casinos planning to cheat, they should think twice.”
All seven suspects were indicted on Tuesday and they’re currently not in custody. A gambling conviction is punishable by up to 12 months in prison.