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Three NY men charged with cheating at Horseshoe Casino indicted by grand jury

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CINCINNATI -- Three New York men investigators say tried to cheat Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati are were indicted by a grand jury in a Hamilton County courtroom Thursday afternoon.

Investigators say Mezon Cruz, 41, Edward Calletano, 25, and Danilo Peralta, 34, all from Bronx, NY, tried to scheme the casino out of money during July and August.

Gaming agent J. Lynch says on July 21, Calletano collected chips assigned a value from a casino game with the intent to swindle money from the business.

Calletano worked with Cruz to cheat while playing the game roulette, according to Lynch.

Lynch says Calletano bought into the game of roulette and received non-value game chips in the amount of $1 per chip.

While sitting at the table for a short time, Calletano concealed some of his non-value chips in his pocket, left the table and met with Mezon inside the bathroom, according to Lynch.

Mezon left the bathroom and bought into the game of roulette using the same color of non-value chips, but in the amount of $25 per chip, says Lynch.

The exchange of chips between a $1 value and $25 value created a loss of $1,005 for the casino.

More than a month later and similar to the previous crime, investigators say two other men were trying to cheat while playing the game of roulette.

Lynch says Danilo Peralta assisted the men in claiming and collecting chips assigned a value from a casino game with the intent to defraud on Aug. 28.

One man bought into the game with $1 chips and hid some of them in his pocket. He then met with another man in the bathroom and when that man exited the restroom, he bought into a game of roulette using the same color of non-value chips at the value of $25.

Lynch says Peralta assisted the two by occupying a seat at the gaming table, requiring the dealer to issue the same color non-value chips to the individuals he was working with.

In this case, the exchange of chips between a $1 value and $25 value created a loss of $1,565 for the casino.

Calletano and Cruz are charged with four counts of casino gaming and Peralta is charged with two counts of casino gaming.

All three are being held on a $40,000 bond.
 

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