VEGAS INC archives
Two gamblers from Argentina arrested in July on charges of cheating at gambling are now being sued by Wynn Las Vegas over an alleged "dice sliding" scheme.
The Strip resort filed suit last week in Clark County District Court against Leonardo Miguel Fernandez, Veronica Elena Dabul and parties yet to be identified called "Does I-X."
Wynn charged in its lawsuit that the two, and the unidentified parties, were involved in a cheating scheme this summer in which a craps player, supposedly rolling the dice, actually slides the dice down the table without making them tumble, allowing a preselected winning side to remain facing upward.
Wynn surveillance tapes from July 17 show Dabul and Fernandez playing craps from 10:37 p.m. to midnight, with Fernandez allegedly sliding the dice at least seven times without betting, the suit says.
"During the same seven slides in the two hour and 15 minute span, Dabul and/or two unidentified men place bets using Dabul’s chips," the lawsuit said. "Defendants won a total of $145,000 from these seven slides alone."
The suit charges Dabul and others "placed wagers with their pooled financial resources all the while knowing that Fernandez would slide the dice and their chances at winning increased."
"Through their individual acts of cheating and their conspiracy to defraud and cheat at the game of craps by sliding, defendants left the Wynn Las Vegas with over $700,000," says the suit, which alleges fraud and civil conspiracy as the alleged cheating team allegedly used distraction techniques to conceal its activities.
Records show the defendants have not yet answered the suit, which seeks unspecified damages including punitive damages.
The lawsuit said Fernandez and Dabul were arrested July 18 for, among other things, cheating at gambling.