CINCINNATI – Three former Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati employees were among six people indicted in two separate gaming scams, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
Table games supervisor Andrew Grzelewski would fix the order of cards in a deck at a mini baccarat table, according to officials. He would then signal an accomplice, former Horseshoe dealer Thomas Coffey, when to place “significant wagers.”
Coffey also brought his mother, Susan Coffey, and another person, Lando Camp, in on the scam, according to the commission. The scammers cheated more than $25,000.
Grzelewski and Thomas Coffey were each indicted on third-degree felony gaming charges. Susan Coffey and Camp were each indicted on fifth-degree charges of cheating at a casino game.
A grand jury also indicted another former casino employee, craps dealer Gemini Isham, on three gaming charges for a scam in which he added chips to bets placed by Keith Washington. Isham passed chips to Washington more than 150 times, totaling more than $96,000, according to the commission. Washington was also indicted.
“Casino cheaters do more than simply break the law – they are also stealing from the state and the citizens of Ohio,” Matt Schuler, OCCC executive director, said. “The commission takes our mission to ensure the integrity of casino gaming seriously, and will continue to pursue legal action against those who cheat at Ohio’s casinos – as well as any individuals who help enable cheating.”
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati issued this statement early Friday evening:
We do not comment on pending litigation, however we take these matters very seriously. Our security and surveillance teams work closely with the Ohio Casino Control Commission and local authorities to monitor gaming activity around the clock. Ensuring the integrity of our gaming operations is our top priority.