The week that was

The week that was

Police arrest blackjack dealer from No. Providence

State Police last week announced the arrest of a North Providence man who worked as a blackjack dealer at Twin River Casino for allegedly cheating at a casino game while on the job.

On June 11, at about 3:30 p.m., members of the State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit arrested Luis J. Pabon, age 31, of 630 Smithfield Road in North Providence, for eight counts of cheating in the performance of duty as a dealer and two counts of paying an amount greater than required.

The investigation of Pabon began when the Rhode Island Lottery notified the Gaming Enforcement Unit of possible collusion between a blackjack dealer and casino patrons. Pabon was allegedly dealing in the favor of the patrons at his table by "steering" cards and offering "insurance bets" when he knew the outcome of the dealer's hand. Pabon was closely monitored for the past three months and video of his activity was archived and preserved, according to a news release.

Pabon was arrested during his shift at the casino, processed at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and arraigned on the 10 charges. Justice of the Peace Glenn Sparr set bail for Pabon at $10,000 personal recognizance. Twin River Casino Security personnel served Pabon with a permanent ejection notification. He is set for a pre-arraignment conference in Providence Superior Court on Aug. 14.

Pabon faces imprisonment of not more than 10 years, a fine of not more than $100,000, or both.