Thursday, August 6, 2009


Former Foxwoods dealer reaches plea deal in cheating case

Published on 8/6/2009

A former Foxwoods Resort Casino dealer agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors Wednesday and will not face time in prison for his role in a craps cheating ring.

Chandler Alfred Jr., 31, of Baltic pleaded guilty to fourth-degree larceny Wednesday in New London Superior Court, court officials said.

He was sentenced to a one-year suspended sentence and one year of conditional release. He was ordered to obey all laws and have no contact with his codefendants and was barred from returning to either Connecticut casino.

Alfred was facing felony charges of conspiracy to commit cheating at gambling and cheating at gambling.

Alfred testified earlier this year during the trial of Richard Taylor, a Memphis, Tenn., man who masterminded the scam.

Taylor was sentenced last month to 10 years in prison for masterminding a craps cheating conspiracy that cost Foxwoods an estimated $70,000 and ruined the careers of a dozen employees.

Witnesses testified that Taylor recruited dealers who were willing to pay players for late or illegal bets, then met up with the casino employees outside the casino to pay them for their services. The scam involved a dozen employees, including dealers and managers.

It was the first major cheating trial in the state that plays host to two of the world's largest casinos.


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