By Staff

EVERETT (CBS) — Three men are facing charges after a cheating scheme was discovered at Encore Boston Harbor, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Friday. The Baccarat scheme allegedly netted $23,000 in profits over two nights.

Authorities said 53-year-old Jianming Li, a dealer at the casino, colluded with 41-year-old Jun Zhang, a former Maryland casino dealer, and 46-year-old De Lin. All three men are from out of state.

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“It is alleged that while he was dealing the cards, Li exposed a series of playing cards, memorized them, marked them with a ‘bookmark’ card, then used his cell phone to communicate the cards and their order to Zhang, when both excused themselves to use separate bathrooms,” said a statement from the A.G.’s office.

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Li and Zhang were indicted Friday on the two counts of cheating under the Gaming Act, two counts of conspiracy, and larceny by a single scheme. Li was also charged with making false statements to the gaming commission.

Lin was indicted on the charge of cheating under the Gaming Act, and conspiracy.

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All three men will be arraigned on the charges in Middlesex Superior Court at a later date. Staff