Camera happy gamblers win French jail term

6th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

NICE, France, Feb 4 (AFP) - A trio of con artists who used miniature cameras hidden up their sleeves to cheat French casinos out of tens of thousands of euros was Friday sentenced to a year in jail for their underhanded scam.

NICE, France, Feb 4 (AFP) - A trio of con artists who used miniature cameras hidden up their sleeves to cheat French casinos out of tens of thousands of euros was Friday sentenced to a year in jail for their underhanded scam.

The three were arrested in January 2004 after hitting 32 casinos across the country.

The court heard that two of them, Frenchman Hermann Maynard and Romanian Nicu Santuzi went to poker tables where they pointed their wrists - and the tiny cameras attached to them - at the faces of the cards as the dealer distributed them.

Their accomplice, a Lebanese named Alfred Assaf, monitored the radio-transmitted video feed from a car parked outside and relayed the value of the cards around the table back to the two players, who raked up a fortune in winning bets.

In all, they pocketed more than EUR 100,000 (USD 130,000), until their lucky streak raised suspicions at a French Riviera casino, which alerted police.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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