men arrested last week at an Ohio truckstop are charged with taking part in
a card game scam often used to victimize truckers.
The men were arrested
by state troopers at the Interstate 71 truckstop in Turtlecreek Township in
Warren County. All four are charged with gambling, a misdemeanor, according
to the Dayton Daily News. They are free on $1,000 bail.
Troopers, tipped off
about the game of three-card monte, spotted the men standing with cards at
their feet in the parking lot. The cards and $1,500 were seized, according
These guys are likely
old pros at scamming truckers. In 1995, the Ohio Highway Patrol issued an
advisory warning that groups of con artists were traveling throughout the
Midwest, bilking truckers and other motorists stopped at truckstops. Typically,
three con artists begin the game and lure in a fourth player. Players are
expected to pick designated cards, although the con artists eventually remove
them while shuffling.