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New Jersey Man Accused of Cheating at Connecticut, Louisiana, Nevada Casinos

The Union County man was arrested on cheating charges early Sunday

Monday, Sep 16, 2013  |  Updated 6:30 PM EDT
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NJ Man Accused of Cheating at Conn. Casino

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A New Jersey man has been arrested on charges of cheating at the Mohegan Sun Casino in eastern Connecticut after State Police say he marked cards with an ink-like substance that he could see by wearing special contact lenses.

Bruce Koloshi, of Summit, N.J., also was sought for similar activities in Louisiana and Nevada, a Louisiana newspaper reports.

In Connecticut, he was charged early Sunday with cheating, conspiracy, criminal impersonation and being a fugitive from justice. He also was accused of giving a fake name when he was processed and fingerprinted after his arrest. The Day of New London reports that he was identified by his fingerprints.

Koloshi is being held on $510,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Norwich Superior Court. It was not immediately known if he's represented by a lawyer.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., reported last week that Louisiana State Police issued a felony warrant for Koloshi on charges of cheating and swindling at L'Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge. He was accused of using invisible ink and infrared contact lenses in a card-marking scheme on Aug. 26.

He told the newspaper that security officials were overzealous in detaining him on suspicion of cheating and called the accusations ridiculous.

"Nothing happened and that was it. There's nothing else to talk about," he said.

Koloshi "could clearly be seen using his right index and middle finger to push down on the card," the State Police Gaming Enforcement Division said in an affidavit. "The actions by Mr. Koloshi were consistent with the actions used by most card markers who are attempting to 'dent' the card."

Security confronted Koloshi at the Baton Rouge casino and allowed him to leave after he emptied his pockets, which contained a cellphone, cash, a contact lens container and more than $3,200 worth of casino chips.

The arrest warrant says Koloshi voluntarily returned his winnings to the casino.

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