A former baccarat croupier at Resorts World Sentosa, one of Singapore’s two casinos, was this week sentenced to 20 months in prison for stealing more than 124,000 Singapore dollars (about us $ 90,000). A dealer stole casino chips from his workplace to pay off a debt to loan sharks.
Malaysian casino dealer Yeoh Zhong Cheng (Yeoh Zhong Cheng) told the court that he owed between $ 80,000 and $ 90,000 in Singapore and in his homeland.
The former Resorts World Sentosa employee started working at the casino in July 2017. Last summer, he was caught by the security service of the establishment when three chips from the fleet were thrown into a closed tray attached to the table with baccarat. Each of the stolen chips was worth $ 1,000.
The investigation revealed that the dealer involved in the theft stole chips worth more than s $ 124,000 in 28 separate cases between June and July 2019. After the croupier stole them from the table and put them in his shirt, he hid them in a locker during a break.
Yeo was unable to cash the chips himself at the casino, but it was established that he had hired accomplices, Yeo’s younger brother Zhong Jie and friend OO Shi Chao, to do so for him. Yeoh and Oo met eight times in June 2019, and the latter received chips worth 30,600 Singapore dollars.
In July 2019, brother Yeo received $ 35,100 worth of chips.
Tougher sentence for theft in a casino
Yeo could have received a much harsher sentence if he had not pleaded guilty. A dealer engaged in theft could be sentenced to 15 years in prison for misappropriating casino chips and fined $ 500,000 for each inciting fee.
It is unclear whether his brother and another accomplice are charged. According to the court statement, only three of all the chips stolen by Yeo from the casino were returned.
Yeo is not the only Resorts World Sentosa casino dealer who has been caught stealing chips from a gambling establishment in recent years. We reported on casinos that in June 2019, a former dealer of this institution was sentenced to nine months and six weeks in prison after it was discovered that he had stolen $ 77,000 worth of chips from the casino.
Ding Zhipeng, a Chinese national, also received a fine of us $ 12,000. He started working as a dealer at Resorts World Sentosa in July 2017. In November 2018, he was caught by a security officer for stealing $ 1,000 worth of chips.
He was arrested immediately and handed over two chips after being arrested that were hidden in his pants. A police search of his rented premises found another 72 chips worth $ 1,000 and $ 3,000 in cash. It was later revealed that Dean had hired a friend to exchange chips for money. The dealer was found to have used the money he stole to buy luxury items, including:
Breitling watches worth almost 6000 US dollars,
a pair of Balenciaga shoes,
a pair of Chanel earrings and more.