Gambler Who Found $240 In Casino Sent To Prison

A gambler who decided to pocket the $240 she found lying on the floor of a casino is waking up to the harsh realities of casino rules which state no finders-keepers.
The incident took place recently at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Pennsylvania and for her indiscretion Had Anh Huu Nguyen, 47, not only spent the night at the Northampton County Prison, but is now facing charges of theft and receiving stolen property.
Apparently on March 7th, Nguyen found an envelope containing $240 inside the casino and so took it to the ladies room where she emptied its contents before returning to her gambling.
However, a woman by the name of Katherine Berry later reported that she lost the money around noon and so when police viewed the surveillance video  they spotted Nguyen in the act of picking up the envelope from the gambling floor.
Still gambling inside the casino at 2:30 p.m., police then arrested Had Anh Huu Nguyen, despite her protestation that the envelope was already empty when she found it.
Currently out on a $15,000 bail, if Anh Huu Nguyen had found the money outside on the street, although technically bound to report the find, in all likelihood she would have got away with keeping the money as it’s extremely difficult to enforce the law outside of the the casino. As Pennsylvania’s Sgt. Robert Caprari explains:
“If someone loses money on the street, there is no real way of proving they really lost it and no way of proving who found it. But we have more than 2,000 cameras viewing every corner of this casino. We can and will investigate.”
Another mistake Nguyen made was to deny the money was in the envelope, as simply handing over the money may have spared her the ensuing embarrassment. Earlier this month, for instance, a man in a similar situation was given a choice by state police to pay up or be charged, and after coming clean he was then sent on his way.
Finally, chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Greg Fajt had these words of warning to anyone else finding someone else’s money inside a casino:
“Every square inch of a casino is monitored by cameras and recorded, making these venues the worst place in the commonwealth to try and commit a crime. Use your own money and not someone else’s, or your visit may not turn out to be enjoyable or profitable.”

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