Gang arrested in invisible ink casino fraud
Published 14/10/2011 | 05:00
A gang of Italian tricksters has been arrested on the French Riviera for a fraud using invisible ink and infra-red glasses that could have come from the film 'Ocean's Eleven'.
The gang allegedly took more than €60,000 during poker games by secretly marking decks of cards with the invisible ink which they were then able to read with the glasses.
It is believed to be the first time that casinos in Europe have become victims of the unusual fraud, which originated in the US.
In their most recent, but ultimately final, trick, the gang took around €20,000 in a few hours from the Princes Casino in Cannes.
Police believe the gang of three Italians was helped by an insider at the casino, a Frenchman who marked the cards.
They used a sophisticated code to identify cards, with an 'x' for a king and a horizontal line for an ace. Wearing infra-red glasses, the Italians were able to see exactly what hands other players were dealt.
The men were placed under surveillance after casino authorities became suspicious of their big winnings. Police were called and the four men were arrested in a sting operation earlier this week. (© Daily Telegraph, London)