In 2014, Foxwoods Resort casino lost more than $500,000 in illicit winnings on mini-baccarat. Now, the casino claims that a couple colluded with one of its former table game dealers to swindle the money. On Tuesday, New London Superior Court Judge Hillary Strackbein said that the three suspects had all met their accelerated rehabilitation pretrial conditions, and therefore their cases were dismissed. Police argued Wang and Zhang, a married couple from Bayside conspired with Zhu to help them win in mini-baccarat.
The police in collaboration with Foxwoods’ tribal law enforcement said the investigation showed Zhu not properly shuffling the decks, and leaving cards unchanged from the previous hand. Zhu was also accused of hinting which card he would deal next when he actually dealt. Zhang eventually won $432,035 and Wang $86,550. Reports from Casino.org indicate that the trio refused plea deals, but accepted a rehabilitation program in 2017. However, assistant State’s Attorney General Steven Carney objected to the rehabilitation offer, and was also against Strackbein’s decision to wipe the cases clean.
According to the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, the Accelerated Pretrial Rehabilitation Program (AR) is available to defendants and veterans who are charged with certain crimes or motor vehicle violations if the court believes that those defendants will probably not commit more crimes in the future.
“If the defendant follows all of the court’s conditions and finishes the AR program successfully, the court will dismiss the charges against the defendant,” the program concludes. The AR program can only be used once in a person’s lifetime. Part of the AR program typically involves restitution, but since the three cases have been “Statutorily Sealed,” it’s unknown if Foxwoods was returned any of the $518,585 in winnings.