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State Police Arrest Johnston Man for Cheating a Casino Game at Twin River Casino

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Johnston man for cheating a casino game at Twin River Casino. At 9:35 PM on Saturday, July 20, 2013, a member of the State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit arrested Michael Brunetti, age 44, of 343 Simmonsville Avenue, Johnston, Rhode Island for Cheating a Casino Game in a Gaming Facility, a violation of 41-61.3-2(b)(3) of the Rhode Island General Laws.

The investigation of this incident by the Gaming Enforcement Unit (GEU) began when the Twin River Surveillance Unit observed Brunetti place a "past post" bet at a craps table and notified the on duty GEU detective. A review of Brunetti's player history revealed that he is an experienced craps gambler. The GEU detective observed Brunetti place two additional "past post" bets at the craps table before making the arrest for the alleged cheating scheme. Brunetti's total winning from the alleged illegal bets was $45.

Brunetti was processed and arraigned on the above charge at the Lincoln Woods Barracks. Justice of the Peace Lincoln S. Lennon released Brunetti on personal recognizance of $5,000 and issued a no contact order barring Brunetti from returning to the casino. Twin River Casino Security personnel served Brunetti with a permanent ejection notification.

Contact: Major Todd E. Catlow, Detective Commander

Telephone: (401) 444-1006

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police


Release date: 07-21-2013

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