Four accused of cheating Foxwoods out of nearly $900K in card scam
Connecticut state police say four people working together cheated Foxwoods Resort Casino of nearly $900,000 by hiding cards up their sleeves.
The four Korean nationals allegedly used a “holdout device” to switch cards in an out to the advantage of the player during 14 visits between Sept. 8 and Oct. 20 while playing baccarat.
State police said they are investigating the possibility that the group is part of a Korean syndicate of card cheats.
According to a warrant prepared by Detective Martin Graham, Young Su Gy, 60, hid the cheating device on his left forearm while his partner, Wookyung Kim, 34, was observed as a blocker, waving baccarat score cards to obstruct the view of the dealer and patrons around them.
Baccarat is a card game in which two or more players gamble against the banker. The player who holds two or three cards closest to nine wins the hand.
Police said Gy would handle the cards the majority of the time. Gy would receive the cards he was wagering on. He would then cover the cards with both hands and switch them back and forth, one on top of each other.
As he shuffled the card, the holdout device in his left sleeve would deposit a card that would benefit his wager or remove one that wouldn’t, the warrant said.
State police arrested Gy in November and charged him with 16 counts of cheating at gambling, seven counts of first-degree larceny, 16 counts of possession of a cheating device, three counts of third-degree larceny and six counts of second-degree larceny.
Kim was charged with 15 counts of cheating at gambling, seven counts of first-degree larceny, 16 counts of possession of a cheating device, three counts of third-degree larceny and seven counts of second-degree larceny.
State police also identified Hyeong Kim and Hwasik Bang as the two others who participated in the scam. Graham said they are believed to be in Korea now.
In all, the alleged cheats stole $870,505 from the casino. The Foxwoods Office of the Inspector General notified police on Oct. 22 that a scam had been caught on video.
Police were able to identify the Koreans when they used their passports to obtain a Foxwoods Player Dream Card.
On Nov. 20, the Department of Homeland Security contacted state police that Wookyung Kim and Gy had arrived in the country a day earlier on a flight from the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.
Police said that Gy and Kim played at various table games on Nov. 19.
Police learned they would be departing the country in a week.
Graham said the pair were arrested at the Holiday Inn in New London on Nov. 22.
Graham said while conducting their investigation into the card scheme police found Ingyu Park and Sun Jang on Nov. 23 at Foxwoods. The pair were wanted in New Jersey for allegedly conducting a similar scam at a casino in Atlantic City.
State police charged Park and Jang with being a fugitive from justice.
Gy and Kim are scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court on Feb. 7. Their passports have been seized.
Officials at Foxwoods could not be reached for comment.
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