A group of people are facing charges in connection to a cheating scheme at the Ontario casino at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack.
Unfortunately for this crew, they didn’t have the slick fool-proof plan like Danny Ocean and his guys in “Ocean’s Eleven.”
The investigation began in October 2022. Now at least five people are facing accusations of cheating a casino out of money.
Five arrested in casino table game scam
The Ontario Provincial Police Investigation and Enforcement Bureau and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario were contacted on Oct. 19, 2022, regarding allegations that a table games dealer was colluding with patrons at Woodbine.
It was a lengthy investigation. However, law enforcement officials now say one of the five accused is a former casino employee. He is identified as 52-year-old Arthur Segovia of Etobicoke. He is facing four charges, including criminal breach of trust, cheat at play, theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000.
Toronto residents Khalil Evans, 29, Donovan Smyth-Todd, 30, and Daniel Hatton, 25, were also charged, along with Oakville resident Andrey Gayle-Bourne, 33, with cheat at play, theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000.
Bill Dickson, a media relations spokesperson for the OPP, couldn’t say what the table game was or the amount of money involved in the case. However, he did say, while rare, he has seen these kinds of allegations in the past.
“I have seen cheat at play before,” said Dickson. “It’s not one that I’ve dealt with often. But whenever you get into anyone (allegedly) doing anything illegal at the casino, that will be one that does come up. It’s not one you hear everyday, for sure. It’s not totally unusual. But it’s not a case we deal with on a daily basis. Not frequently, not often.”
The suspects have been released from custody. They will also appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto at later dates. The investigation is ongoing.