HARTFORD, Conn. — Two men arrested earlier this year on cheating allegations at the Mohegan Sun casino were charged Tuesday with carrying out the same scam at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, police said.
Police and casino security officials said one man would distract a dealer while the other swapped tiles to improve his hand in a game known as pai gow. After they were arrested in June at Mohegan Sun, Connecticut state police said they retraced their steps and discovered they had done the same thing at Foxwoods, another giant casino a few miles away in southeastern Connecticut.
Chaoyu Wu, 32, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Tan Guo Yu, 39, of Boston, were charged Thursday with cheating, fourth-degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit cheating. They had been charged previously with third-degree larceny and cheating.
Both men were released on bond. Neither could be reached for comment. Arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 7 in New London Superior Court.
The men carried out the scam at Mohegan Sun three times before they were arrested, said Jay Lindroos, the casino’s surveillance director. The casino didn’t learn about the first time in May until after the fact, but when they returned to the casino, security workers followed them to their vehicle and provided the license plate number to state police, he said.
Surveillance workers at Mohegan Sun recognized them on the day they were eventually arrested in June.
“Our surveillance officers were doing their routine surveys and spotted them doing their illegal activity,” said Joseph Lavin, director of public safety for the Mohegan Tribe, which owns and operates the casino.
Casinos including the rival Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods increasingly share intelligence to stay ahead of cheaters and card counters.