BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said four men accused of scamming a Baton Rouge casino out of thousands of dollars in 2015 have been arrested and a fifth suspect is still being sought.
Louisiana State Police reported Emiliano Jaquez-Rodriguez, 31; Edward Calletano, 28; Erit Cabrera, 29; and Ronny Dominguez, 29, have been arrested and returned to Louisiana for booking. Troopers added Joe Diaz, 38, remains on the loose. They all face charges of cheating and swindling and criminal conspiracy.
Sgt. Jared Sandifer with LSP said the Gaming Enforcement Division investigated a group of men suspected of using a chip theft scheme. Reports indicate it was carried out at L'Auberge Baton Rouge. Officials said the casino was cheated out of about $13,000.
According to Sandifer, investigators were contacted by the casino in December about Jaquez-Rodriguez trying to get onto the casino floor. He had reportedly been seen cheating at the roulette table in June. Sandifer said while investigating the cheating claims in June, troopers determined Jaquez-Rodriguez was part of a group that travels across the country cheating casinos. He added the men are known for using a chip stealing scam at roulette tables.
Sandifer reported Jaquez-Rodriguez left the casino before investigators could question him. They were later able to identify the other men suspected of cheating and get warrants for their arrests. Troopers reported the following:
- Cabrera was located and arrested in Sandusky, OH and returned to Louisiana for booking on February 18
- Dominguez was located and arrested in Newark, NJ and returned to Louisiana for booking on May 20
- Jaquez-Rodriguez was located and arrested in Sandusky, OH and returned to Louisiana for booking on September 22
- Calletano was located and arrested in Queens, NY and returned to Louisiana for booking on September 27
- Diaz has active warrants and is still at large at this time
The investigation is ongoing.