Singapore Roulette Cheats Jailed For 21 MonthsMarch 22, 2011 11:06 am
A couple of roulette cheats have woken up to life behind bars after their antics were unearthed at the Resorts World Sentosa casino in Singapore.
The sting involved a croupier either controlling the trajectory of the roulette ball or overpaying his gambling accomplce whenever their numbers missed, such that the duo managed to net S$29,000 (US$22,911) over a seven day period last October.
Former croupier Ng Wuey Kiang, 24, was able to control where the roulette ball fell within a 20 numbered region on the wheel, such that Leong Teck Leong, 39 was then able to cover the numbers to go on an apparent “winning streak.”
In return for his complicity in the con, Ng Wuey Kiang received 35% of any winnings but unbeknownst to the pair the casino was already on to them and was watching the whole thing on closed circuit television.
After the duo found themselves in court, Leong’s lawyer Michael Yap then related a gambling addiction story about his client whereby the former driver quit his job to become a full-time gambler.
Initially, Leong was able to make between S$300 and S$1,000 each day before his luck changed and he blew $10,000 in a single night and more than S$50,000 in total. Consequently, Leong and his wife soon became desperate and were forced to sell their car and apartment to make ends meet.
Despite pleas by lawyer Michael Yap Gim Chuan to show leniency on his client, District Judge Jasbendar Kaur insisted a “severe sentence” was necessary because of the large sum of money involved, as well as the “blatant and persistent” manner of the crime.
Croupier Ng Wuey Kiang and Leong Teck Leong were subsequently handed down 21 month sentences for cheating and criminal breach of trust.
The latest incident is just one of many involving a croupier at Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa casino, the most famous of which involved Taiwanese actor Chiu Yong Qin’s daughter Chiu Yee-Fong, 30.
After paying back the stolen $110,400, Yee-Fong, too, is now serving a 21 month sentence in jail, although up to 15 years behind bars is allowed by law.