Peeping tom casino staff busted

Instead of using their high-tech cameras to catch out casino cheaters, two security officers used cameras to zoom in on women’s cleavage and backsides. The incidents occurred when John P. Arambulo and Donald D. Smith worked on the slow graveyard shift in Atlantic City’s Caesars Casino in 2004.

The Casino Control Commission fined Smith a paltry $500 for his role in the filming after it was found he had taped 95 minutes of inappropriate footage, according to authorities.

"Many times over, we have pronounced our zero-tolerance policy when it comes to inappropriate surveillance in all departments," said Christopher Jonic, a spokesman for Harrah's Entertainment Inc., owner of Caesars.

Arambulo has had his gaming licence suspended for five days for filming 16 minutes of improper footage.

Last August, former surveillance supervisor James Doherty had his licence suspended for 20 days after a similar incident.

A fourth employee, Robert Swann, was cleared of any wrong-doing after officials reviewed 11 minutes of footage he had filmed.

Caesars had previously paid a $185,000 fine to settle the case with the Casino Control Commission and New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. They have since fired the four men.

“The commission took this matter very seriously,” spokesman for the Commission Daniel Heneghan said.

“The surveillance system exists for the very specific purpose to ensure the integrity of the gaming operations. Any time it is not being used in that way, the commission is very concerned.”

It is not the first time that camera operators at Caesars Casino have been caught for inappropriately zooming in on women. Back in December 2004, the casino was fined $80,000 after it was found two employees pointed their cameras on the low-cut blouses women wore in the casino in 2000 and 2001.

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