NJ Man Convicted 3rd Time for Cheating at Craps

Twice apparently wasn't enough for a northern New Jersey man when it came to bending the rules at the craps tables.

The state attorney general's office says Derek Bethea was convicted Tuesday of illegally placing bets at three Atlantic City casinos last summer.

The 57-year-old Bayonne resident had been convicted of similar crimes in 2001 and 2005.

The attorney general's office says Bethea had been out of prison for about a month before he went to Atlantic City and attempted to place bets at craps tables after winning numbers had been determined.

A jury in Atlantic County convicted Bethea on three counts of swindling and cheating at casino gaming. The most serious of the counts carries a five-year maximum sentence.

Bethea is scheduled for sentencing on June 6.

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