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10 Ohioans indicted for casino cheating

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COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) -

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien and the Ohio Casino Control Commission announced the indictments of 10 defendants charged with felony crimes for cheating at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus.

In separate and unrelated cases, the 10 individuals face charges stemming from cheating at table games including blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat.  

The indicted include:  Arthur S. Murray, 40, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio charged with five counts of cheating at blackjack; Paul Shapiro, 22, of Columbus, Ohio charged with three counts of cheating at roulette; Terrence Ferguson, 26, of Columbus, Ohio charged with eight counts of cheating while playing craps; Thomas M. Collins III, 25, of Pickerington, Ohio charged with six counts of cheating while playing craps; Andre L. Tibbs, 38, of Columbus, Ohio charged with seven counts of cheating at blackjack; David Kim, 31 of Columbus, Ohio charged with two counts of cheating at baccarat; Ming Wu, 45, of Lewis Center, Ohio charged with five counts of cheating at baccarat; Mohamed Farah Waes, 22, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio charged with 10 counts of cheating at baccarat; Ammar Z. Hanbali, age 53, of Hilliard, Ohio charged with 10 counts of cheating at poker; Metin Karasalih, age 42, of Canal Winchester, Ohio charged with three counts of cheating at blackjack. 

The crimes were committed between Oct. 15 and Nov. 8 during the first month of operation for the new Columbus casino, which opened on Oct. 8, 2012.  

"These indictments are critical to ensure the integrity of casino gaming in our state," said Karen Huey, Director of Enforcement for the Ohio Casino Control Commission.  "Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien and the Ohio Casino Control Commission are sending a strong message that cheating or stealing from a casino violates Ohio law. Stealing from a casino is the same as stealing from the State of Ohio and will not be tolerated."

A Franklin County grand jury returned the indictments.  The cases will proceed through the county court system with the next step being arraignments.  The cases are then assigned to a judge and proceed to trial. 

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