Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a Massachusetts man for cheating a casino game at Twin River Casino. At 9:15 PM on Friday, August 9, 2013, a member of the State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit arrested Kofi A. Danso, age 22, of 11 Park Villa Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts for Claiming, Collecting or Taking an Amount of Money Greater Than the Amount Won, a violation of §42-61.3-2(b)(8) of the Rhode Island General Laws.
The investigation of this incident by the Rhode Island State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit (GEU) began when the Twin River Surveillance Unit observed Danso "cap" his initial bet of $15 after receiving a winning hand against the dealer at a blackjack table. A GEU detective reviewed the surveillance video and observed nine instances where Danso "capped" his initial bet of $15 with additional bets of between $15 and $20. Danso's total winning from the alleged illegal bets was $107.50. After reviewing the surveillance video, the GEU detective arrested Danso for the alleged cheating scheme.
"Capping" a wager refers to illegally placing additional money on top of an initial bet after the betting sequence is closed by the dealer and when a player has an advantage hand or has already won the hand.
Danso was processed at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and held overnight pending an arraignment. This morning Danso was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Bernard Lemos who released Danso on $2,000 surety bail and issued a no contact order barring Danso from returning to the casino. Twin River Casino Security personnel served Danso with a permanent ejection notification. Danso is scheduled to appear in Sixth Division District Court for re-arraignment on October 11, 2013.
The punishment for a person convicted of violating §42-61.3-2(b)(8) of the Rhode Island General Laws is imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years or a fine of not more than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), or both.
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