CLEVELAND -- Seven men have been indicted for felony gambling at Cleveland's Horseshoe Casino between May 22 and June 17.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office, the Casino Control Commission and the Ohio Attorney General have indicted:
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.
Each was charged with one count of felony gambling.
Prosecutor Bill Mason said each was caught cheating on various casino games such as blackjack, 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.
Mason said, "Ohio now has statutes in place to address crimes committed in the new casinos. My office will continue to prosecute these crimes as we would any other crime in our County."
"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," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
"These indictments show that if someone comes into one of Ohio's casinos planning to cheat, they should think twice.."
"Stealing from a casino is the same as stealing from the State of Ohio and will not be tolerated," said the Ohio Casino Control Commission Director of Enforcement Karen Huey.