Serial casino cheat to face charges in Baton Rouge following arrest in Connecticut
POSTED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 6:21pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A man with a history of cheating at casinos was busted in Connecticut. Once he faces charges there, he will be extradited to Baton Rouge for attempting the same scam at L’Auberge Casino.
Bruce Koloshi, 54, of Summit, NJ, was arrested at the Mohegan Sun Casino on Sunday, Sept. 15. He’s accused of marking cards with an ink-type substance that’s only made visible through special contact lenses he was wearing.
Koloshi, who had prior convictions for cheating in Las Vegas, Reno, Nev., and Black Hawk County, Iowa, was accused of the same scam here in Baton Rouge on August 26, 2013. His game of choice seems to be “Mississippi Stud.”
“He was questioned and released because investigators did not have enough evidence to arrest him,” J.B. Slateton, Louisiana State Police, explained.
Slateton says investigators were unaware of his history of cheating because he used an alias. He did, however, voluntarily turn over more than $3,200 of casino chips before leaving.
“Once they learned his true identity, they were able to issue a warrant for his arrest,” he explained.
That warrant helped the Connecticut State Police during its investigation on Sunday.
“Throughout my career, I have stressed the importance of partnerships both between law enforcement agencies as well as private industry,” Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police, said. “The public must feel confident that the integrity of gaming in Louisiana is a priority for the Troopers assigned to the Gaming Enforcement Section. This case illustrates the importance of partnerships and communication within Louisiana and with our partners across the country.”
Koloshi is currently facing charges for being a fugitive from justice, cheating, conspiracy and criminal impersonation. He was arraigned on Monday and did not enter a plea. He is currently being held on a $300,000 bond, according to the Norwich Superior Court.
Koloshi's attorney, John Maxwell, declined to comment. Koloshi is expected to appear in court on September 27.
--CNN’s Rande Laboni contributed to this report.