Seven accused of casino cheating face judge

12:02 PM, Jul 18, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND  -- Prosecutors say they have compelling video evidence against the first suspected casino cheaters in Ohio.

Seven men have been indicted in Cleveland on illegal gambling charges, including upping bets after the outcome became apparent. Five defendants appeared in court and pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Another is due for arraignment. The seventh man pleaded not guilty earlier.

The defendants were allowed to remain free on bond.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason says he has surveillance video from the new Horseshoe casino if any case goes to trial. In his words, "It's not going to be difficult to figure out what they are doing."

In late May, a casino opened in Toledo, where at least eight cheating and other gambling-related cases are under investigation.

Casinos are planned in Cincinnati and Columbus.

THOMAS J. SHEERAN
Associated Press

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