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Casino Cameras Captured More Than Queens of Diamonds

December 16, 2004|From Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Women, beware: Those "eye in the sky" surveillance cameras used by casinos don't just look for card cheats and crooked dealers.

Sometimes, they look for low-cut blouses.

New Jersey casino regulators fined Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino $80,000 Wednesday for using surveillance cameras to spy on female employees and customers sitting at casino tables or riding escalators.

Caesars surveillance camera operators "recorded footage of selected parts of the anatomy of several females," in violation of statutes governing the use of clandestine surveillance by casinos, authorities said.

Tipped off by a Caesars surveillance supervisor, investigators with the state Division of Gaming Enforcement obtained videotapes from the hidden cameras.

One tape contained 16 minutes of footage focusing on the bodies of several women, according to Deputy Atty. Gen. Cyrus Pitre. Another tape made the same night, from a different camera, showed 80 minutes' worth of footage focusing on women's bodies, he said.

Casino employees Paul Reyes and Peter Pallitto were fired because of the incidents. They may face sanctions from the Casino Control Commission, which will review complaints against them next month.

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