Cheating Casino Dealer Must Repay Money Or Face Prison

A casino dealer who was part of a team which cheated his former employer out of roughly $20,000, has been given two weeks by the court to repay some of the money or else face jail time. 
Christopher Stone-Spyglass was working for the Gold Eagle Casino in Canada between 2008 and 2009, when he and six of his card cheating associates were  spotted by surveillance cameras and arrested.
The techniques the blackjack dealer used included false shuffling so that “wins were virtually guaranteed,” flashing cards at his confederates, and allowing players to withdraw their bets from the table after losing, as well as overpaying them on their wins.
Since then all the men have paid restitution and received conditional sentences or probation, but Spyglass has yet to come up with any cash and so still faces the prospect of a 12 month stint behind bars.
The Canadian has been ordered to repay $12,600 to the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority in monthly installments of $1,000, but having lost his job recently Spyglass said he didn’t have any money and couldn’t get a loan. Previously, Spyglass had promised to come up with the money, and commenting on the situation provincial court Judge Violet Meekma said:
“It doesn’t sound like he’s put in much effort, to be frank..I’m just not prepared to trust you on a conditional sentence.”
Consequently, the court Judge has adjourned sentencing for two weeks until April 25th when he is expected to come up with $1,000 every fortnight thereafter or go to prison.
In the meantime, the married man with three children said he would soon start work in Fort McMurray, Alberta and was also expecting to receive a $6,000 income tax refund this year. He then hoped to get an upfront payment loan to repay the money, and commented: “I really don’t want to go to jail.

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