The Bear Growls: FBI official misstates nature of cheating indictment

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In the Department of Justice press release about the case described in this news story, Assistant Director Kenneth W. Kaiser, FBI Criminal Investigative Division is quoted as saying, “The subjects arrested and indicted colluded with casino dealers and engaged in a sophisticated card counting scheme to cheat casinos out of large winnings.”

The alleged crimes have nothing to do with card counting as it is commonly practiced. Card counting is a perfectly legal, honest, ethical activity. It is not illegal or cheating to count cards in any casino game. Casinos do not like it, but even the casinos acknowledge that it is perfectly legal.

Mr. Kaiser’s unfortunate misstatement casts a dark shadow over the reputations of legal, honest, ethical card counters who would never consider colluding with a dishonest casino employee or engaging in any form of cheating. I hope that the Department of Justice will issue a press release correcting Mr. Kaiser’s misstatement.

Link to the indictment

Note: The Department of Justice did not respond to a request for comment.


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