Mohegan Sun Pocono casino has recently detected a player who was cheating on its gaming floor, specifically the table games section. Wengui Hu, a 42-year-old player from Duryea, Pennsylvania, was charged for using a sleight of hand cheating technique.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, the cheater had cards up his sleeve that he slipped on the table when he needed to make his hands better. However, the charging documents police released did not specify what table game the man was playing.
Cheated on Ten Occasions
Casino security officials were intrigued by Wengui Hu’s style of play and winning streaks and stopped to have a closer look on April 12. They noticed that there was a chance the man was not playing by the rules so they approached him and told him that they thought he was cheating.
Hu probably admitted that he was using some sort of cheating method because when he was confronted by security for the first time, he agreed to return $5,425 in winnings.
However, when security personnel looked at their records, they noticed that Hu was actually a frequent visitor to the Mohegan Sun Casino. Moreover, when they looked at their surveillance videos, the Mohegan Sun security noticed that Hu used the same sleight of hand cheating technique on at least ten occasions.
As soon as they realized that they were dealing with a serial cheater, the Mohegan Sun security people called in the Pennsylvania State Police to help them. They also informed Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board and its Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement and asked they assisted them as well.
Won Over $13,000 Illegally
The Pennsylvania State Police and the investigation department of the gambling regulator discovered that Hu had won more than $13,000 by using his illegal sleight of hand technique.
Pennsylvania’s law enforcement hasn’t released any additional details about how the man cheated his way to winning that much money, but they charged him with 10 misdemeanour counts related to cheating a casino. They also charged him with one count of theft by deception and one receiving stolen property count.
The Pennsylvania criminal code for state casinos reads that collecting or attempting to collect money or anything of value from a gaming table, slot machine, interactive game, or gaming devices with the intent to defraud is considered an unlawful act.
Faces Jail Time
The Keystone State is particularly strict when it comes to casino cheaters, and Hu doesn’t just face paying a fine, but could also spend some time in a Pennsylvania prison.
Worgu, Sarna & Ness, Pennsylvania criminal attorneys from Pittsburgh, say that a person found guilty of deception could spend up to seven years in prison and must pay a $15,000 fine. The same penalty of seven years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines is given when a person is found guilty of receiving stolen property.
Considering that Wengui Hu is charged for exactly those things, it is likely that he will spend some time in prison in addition to paying a hefty fine. The casino cheater will remain in custody for now because he failed t secure the $25,000 bail.
The First Slot Games Casino in Pennsylvania
The Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino was the first casino to start offering slot games in Pennsylvania after the Keystone State legalized that form of gambling in 2006. It features 1,900 slot machines and 50 table games, in addition to a Unibet-run sportsbook.
The 82,000-square-foot casino is run by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and is licensed through the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut.
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