A roulette player was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police in the early hours of Monday morning after allegedly attempting to cheat the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem out of just over $2,000.
According to a report from The Morning call newspaper, Lalit Taneja from New Hyde Park, New York, had been making multiple wagers at a roulette table inside the eastern Pennsylvania casino at around two o’clock in the morning. The 40-year-old then purportedly placed four purple chips and two red chips totaling $2,010 on a segment of a table that included the numbers 25 to 36 before covering them with his left hand and continuing to make additional bets on other parts of the table with his right.
When the subsequent spin landed on a losing double-zero, Taneja allegedly furtively removed his initial wagers from the table, which prompted a games supervisor at the casino operated by Las Vegas Sands Corporation to order a video review in order to determine whether the player had cheated
Although Taneja reimbursed the casino in full, he was still arrested and charged and could now face a fine following the conclusion of a pending preliminary hearing into the incident.
The incident came less than two days after police were called to the same 183-table casino when four gamblers were allegedly discovered attempting to switch roulette chips worth $1 for those valued at $25.
The local newspaper reported that players Fernando Vasquez-Vittini, Erit Cabrera and Javier Troncoso-Sanchez from The Bronx, New York, had supposedly purchased $1 chips on Saturday before allowing 37-year-old Jose Manuel Beato to surreptitiously swap these for tokens with an individual value of $25.
The men attempted to flee after being discovered by the casino’s security personnel but were caught and subsequently remanded to Northampton County Prison. Court records show that Clifton, New Jersey, resident Beato, who has a prior out-of-state conviction for cheating at gambling, is subject to $10,000 bail while the individual amounts for the remaining trio were set at $5,000.