PRESS RELEASE, 5/28/2013

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in Horsehoe Casino gambling cases

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced indictments against 5 defendants accused of casino gaming offenses at the new Horseshoe Casino.  Colerain resident Shawn Williams (DOB 6/16/79), Westwood resident Toriauna Anderson (DOB 3/2/92), Springdale resident Jonathan Key (DOB 10/27/89), Lebanon resident Alex Caudill (DOB 8/6/90) and Avondale resident Kenneth Stone (DOB 11/28/77) are all charged with 2 counts each of Casino Gaming Offense (Felony 5) in violation of ORC Section 3772.99.  If convicted of all charges, they face the possibility of 2 years in prison. 

The defendants are charged with either “capping their bets”, “pinching their bets” or “past posting” their bets.  When someone “caps their bet”, they try to put more money on the table to increase their odds of winning after the betting has closed.   When someone “pinches their bet”, they try to take back their money on a losing bet.  When someone “past posts their bet”, they are trying to put a bet out on a winner after the outcome of the game has been decided.

These events occurred while the defendants were playing at the craps tables or blackjack tables.   The casino gaming tables are closely monitored by casino staff and video cameras to prevent people from cheating.

 

Prosecutor Deters commented, “The Horseshoe Casino may be the most surveilled area in Hamilton County.  I can think of nothing more ignorant than these people who believe they are going to get away with this activity.”