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Police say invisible ink, special contact lenses used by Mohegan Sun cheater

By Joe Wojtas

Publication: TheDay.com

Published 09/15/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 09/16/2013 08:50 AM

Montville — A New Jersey man who state police call a "known card marker" was arrested for cheating at the Mohegan Sun early Sunday morning after police say he marked cards with an ink-like substance that he could see by wearing special contact lenses.

Bruce Koloshi, 59, of Summit, N.J., is also being sought by Louisiana state police for allegedly using the same cheating method at the L'Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge on Aug. 26, according to a report in The Advocate of Baton Rouge last week. The newspaper reported that Koloshi has convictions for casino cheating in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev., and Black Hawk County, Iowa.

According the Connecticut State Police Casino Unit, Koloshi was observed by casino surveillance playing a Mississippi Stud poker game and a review of the video showed that he was marking cards with an "ink-like substance." That ink was visible with the contact lenses he was wearing.

They said that while Koloshi was being processed and fingerprinted after his 2:20 a.m. arrest, he gave them a fake name. A computer check of his fingerprints revealed his true identity. In addition to being charged with cheating, conspiracy and criminal impersonation, Koloshi was also charged with being a fugitive from justice when the computer check revealed that Louisiana state police had issued a felony arrest warrant for him.

That warrant, according to The Advocate, charges him with cheating, swindling and simple criminal damage to property. According to The Advocate, Koloshi was detained at the L'Auberge Casino after surveillance video showed him reaching under a gaming table and the trying to dent cards. He was released after volunteering to give up $3,200 in casino chips. The casino continued its investigation and found the cards has been marked with an invisible luminous ink that could be seen under infrared light.

Koloshi is being held on a $510,000 bond and is slated to be arraigned in Norwich Superior Court today.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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