Four charged after using skimming devices on arcade games

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Four people in North Carolina have been jailed after deputies say they used devices to manipulate arcade games and left a casino with around $1,000.

Kevin Daquan Graham, 26, Andrea Wallace Devaughn, 44, Jordan Thomas Maple, 25, and Harriett Antente Patterson, 44, have each been charged with an organized scheme to defraud. Graham was also charged with eight counts of using a skimmer device to defraud while Devaughn was charged with four counts of the same offence. Patterson was also charged with fraudulent use of personal identification.

Graham was held Monday at the Indian River County Jail on $145,000 bond. Devaughn was released Sunday on $85,000 bond while Maple was released the same day on $15,000 bond.

Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of fraud around 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Magic Palace Casino located in the 2900 block of Southwest 9th Street. An employee told deputies that three men – identified as Graham, Devaughn and Maple – were playing arcade games earlier.

The worker said he cashed out the men for around $1,000, but then noticed an inventory error after they left the building, according to reports. The employee reviewed the camera footage and saw Devaughn and Graham using skimming devices on the machines, deputies said.

Deputies watched the video and saw Graham holding the tiny device up to the arcade game seven different times, according to reports.

Officers also learned that a similar incident had occurred at the Sun City Casino in the 700 block of US 1. A female employee told deputies she saw a man – later identified as Graham – sitting in front one of the arcade games.

Shortly after, the machine’s bill collector stopped working, according to reports. The machine’s ticket collector malfunctions when a foreign device or machine is used on the game, the worker told MPs.

The employee said she didn’t see anyone else using machines on the arcade game. Deputies again looked at the surveillance footage, which captured Graham holding a small device at the machine, according to reports.

Deputies took Graham, Devaughn, Maple and Patterson to the sheriff’s office for questioning. Detectives searched a gray Dodge Journey the four were driving in and found a white bag containing two devices, according to reports.

The devices were similar to objects used to manipulate arcade games, the deputies said. Deputies arrested the four suspects and committed them to the county jail.

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