Today, a gambling establishment called “Ritz-Casino” is considered to be the most famous, expensive and, of course, fashionable establishment located in the British capital. Indeed, studying the public and the interior, one cannot even admit the thought that such a casino has been cheated a group of enterprising scammers. The main difference between the scam, which was carried out in this gambling establishment, is its uniqueness and non-triviality.
Here is how it was. Three people played roulette who managed to get hold of really big money. The casino administration accused them of fraud – they say that customers illegally used miniature computers in order to determine the winning numbers. Employees of Scotland Yard joined the investigation, who, in the end, recognized the case as very confusing and incredibly complex. How did this happen?
So, three people appeared in the case at once – 2 Serbs and one Hungarian citizen. The scam was launched back in 2004.
In March, players visit the Ritz casino where they sit down to play roulette. In just one evening, they received about a hundred thousand British pounds, in the second case, they already received over a million in local currency. It is noteworthy that the cashier of the gambling establishment did not have enough money – 300 thousand were issued in cash, the rest was received them in the form of a receipt.
This is where the employees of Scotland Yard are connected to the investigation of overly successful players. The police arrested the fraudsters at the hotel, a large sum of money was seized during the search, as well as several mobile phones. After 2 days, the suspects are released on bail.
How It Was?
The case turned out to be incredibly complicated – the criminals used telephones that used laser scanners to calculate the speed of the roulette drum. Moreover, the functionality of the portable equipment was enough to fix the speed of the balloon, which the dealer launched along the track. Further, the information was wirelessly sent to a computer, which calculated the trajectory of the ball’s fall, comparing it with other parameters.
Despite the impossibility of obtaining the exact number, the attackers easily determined the sector where, in the end, the ball was supposed to stop. Such data is quite enough to get a big advantage over a gambling establishment. Actually, receiving information using the same phones, the swindlers covered the received numbers with chips.
What’s The Bottom Line?
Surprisingly, however, the scammers managed to get out of the water. There was a court at which it turned out that the case fell under the influence of the 17th section of the Igor Act of 1845, according to which such cases were considered. The court ruled that the client cannot be recognized as a fraudster for using phones or computers.
The defendants’ attorneys emphasized that the defendants did not interfere with the work of the dealer, nor did they interfere with the normal operation of the roulette wheel. Thus, the actions of the swindlers were not recognized as criminal and, moreover, the prosecution did not even manage to get the money back.
The group disappeared from the horizon and were never seen again at the Ritz-Casino. However, we do not have data from other gambling establishments and we can safely say that adventurers will definitely have enough talents and legal loopholes for the next enrichment.…