Three eastern Nebraska men are facing multiple felony charges for allegedly rigging a roulette table at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
David Dales, Special Agent in Charge at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, describes what the men are accused of doing.
“The allegations are they were past-posting — adding chips to the winning numbers — doing other activities that gave them illegal winnings at a table game,” according to Dales.
The DCI says 28-year-old Jonathan Rumery of Omaha, a pit boss and supervisor on the gaming floor, worked with a dealer and another man to move chips to winning numbers, which allowed the man to win more than $20,000.
The DCI says Rumery split the money with the dealer, 24-year-old Jonathan Waugh, and the other man, 28-year-old Cody Schroeder, who are both from Omaha.
Agent Dales says the men were caught by security cameras. The investigation began in March and the men were watched for several weeks. He was asked if others might have been involved in the scheme.
Dales says the investigation is still active and they have enough probable cause to charge the three men, but he can’t comment further now on whether anyone else was involved.
Dales is part of Special Enforcement Operations Bureau of the D-C-I which has agents at each casino to help protect against such things. He says it’s not common to find employees trying to cheat.
“I would say this is fairly unusual. We do see activities at these casinos, cheating behavior and those types of things. But to have this type of a coordinated conspiracy and to have especially a supervisor involved in it, that would be pretty unusual,” Dales says.
Rumery and Schroeder are charged with felony counts of ongoing criminal conduct; first-degree theft; conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony; cheating or altering the outcome of game. Waugh is charged with one count of cheating or altering of a game.