Inexperienced gambler to sue casino

Joseph Ogundu, 46, Detroit, is attempting to sue a casino after an incident a craps table that resulted in the arrest of Ogundu.

An inexperienced gambler, Ogundu bought $100 worth of chips at the Greektown Casino in the small hours of August 5 2006. Walking past the craps table, Ogundu decided to have a little flutter at the craps table (a game he was not too familiar with).

Shortly after beginning to play, Ogundu had placed an illegitimate bet which the dealer removed from the table. About 20 minutes later, Ogundu placed another improper bet, at which point the dealer was about to pay Ogundu $10. However, he noticed the bet was wrong and stopped to explain the rules to Ogundu. Ogundu had such a little understanding of the game, he placed a bet for and against the shooter.

But later that evening, Ogundu was arrested by a Michigan State Police officer and a Detroit cop. He was charged with a state gambling violation (with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison) and a $100,000 fine if convicted. He was also charged with misdemeanour which carries a year-long prison sentence and a $500 fine on conviction.

However, last July a Wayne County Circuit Court acquitted Ogundu of all charges and now Ogundu is after the Greektown Casino. He is accusing the casino of false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, defamation of character and intentional infliction of emotional distress – and wants at least $25,000 in damages.

"I never would have believed that I would be put in this type of situation," said Ogundu, a former auto industry executive whose consulting business dropped 60 percent as a result of the charges.

"For about six to eight months, I couldn't sleep."

Ogundu is now banned for life from the casino.

Editor, - 2007-10-31 11:11:34

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