Contact: Major Todd Catlow
Rhode Island State Police Headquarters
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a North Providence man who is a Blackjack Dealer at Twin River Casino for alleged cheating at a casino game during the performance of his duties.
On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 3:30 PM members of the State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit arrested Luis J. Pabon, age 31, of 630 Smithfield Road, North Providence, Rhode Island for:
1. Eight (8) counts of Casino Gaming - Cheating in the Performance of Duty as a Dealer (RIGL §42-61.3-2(b)(13)) and
2. Two (2) counts of Casino Gaming – Paying an Amount Greater than Required (RIGL §42-61.3-2(b)(9)).
The investigation of this incident by the State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit (GEU) began when the Rhode Island Lottery informed the GEU of information regarding possible collusion between a Blackjack dealer and casino patrons. The information alleged that Mr. Pabon was dealing in the favor of the patrons at his table by "steering" cards as well as offering "insurance bets" when he knew the outcome of the dealer's hand. Mr. Pabon was closely monitored for the past three (3) months and video of his activity was archived and preserved.
Mr. Pabon was arrested during his shift at the casino, processed at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and arraigned on the above charges. Justice of the Peace Glenn Sparr set bail for Mr. Pabon at $10,000 personal recognizance. Twin River Casino Security personnel served Mr. Pabon with a permanent ejection notification. Mr. Pabon is scheduled for a pre-arraignment conference in Providence Superior Court on August 14, 2014.
The penalty for a person convicted of violating section §42-61.3-2(b)(13) or §42-61.3-2(b)(9) 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.