A gang of fraudsters robbed the Lucerne Casino with a metal plate trick. (icon picture)
8, 24, 11, 17, 29 and 26. These are the numbers that scammers paid special attention to. A man bet 255 times on a roulette machine at Casino Lucerne, “ZentralPlus” reports. But his victory had nothing to do with luck.
In April 2019, a gang defrauded Lucerne Casino with a metal plate trick. Two of the four members were now facing trial. However, one suspect was improperly detained. Unlike his partner’s fine, he is entitled to gratification.
30,000 francs profit
According to the report, the coup was carried out as part of a well-planned conspiracy. After various preparations, one of the four men placed wafer-thin metal plates at numbers 8, 24, 11, 17, 29 and 26. These cause the ball to jump to the next number less quickly. In this way they increase the chances of winning from the manipulated numbers.
A few hours later, another fellow came to Lucerne Casino. It played according to the motto “All or Nothing”. With his “lucky numbers” he had bet huge amounts – up to 845 francs. On the other hand, his bets for the other numbers were low.
In the early hours of the morning he left the casino with his full pocket: a gang of fraudsters made a profit of CHF 30,000 that night. The metal plates were then removed with a magnet.
your victim doesn’t take it away
When stopped by the police, these people were caught at the border. Police found equipment, suspicious metal discs, a magnet and a casino chip in the car.
Both men spent 93 days in custody. Lucerne’s public prosecutor accused him of fraud and misuse of data processing machines. However, the Lucerne District Court dismissed the allegation of misuse of the data processing machine as the physical table was manipulated and not the slot machine.
If one gets satisfaction, the other has to pay a fine.
The player received a conditional penalty of 3,750 francs and an additional penalty of 960 francs. However, he will have to pay for this out of his own pocket – the cheater’s won money will have to be returned to the casino.
The co-defendant, on the other hand, also makes a “profit” of 4,650 francs. According to the decision of the Lucerne District Court, the man was a member of the gang, but he did not play in the casino that evening because of his ban. When he was arrested, he had suspicious items, but that alone was not evidence that he was involved in fraud.
However, the decision is not final yet and may still be brought before the Cantonal Court. (Oho)