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Second casino fraud case

She was accused of claiming $630 belonging to another gambler. -ST

Wed, Mar 03, 2010
The Straits Times

By Khushwant Singh

A 46-YEAR-OLD woman was accused yesterday of claiming a $630 casino cash voucher that belonged to someone else.

She becomes the second person to be charged in court for an offence that allegedly occurred at Resorts World Sentosa's casino since it opened last month.

Alice Lau Qian Xiu, an assistant accountant, is alleged to have misappropriated a "cash out ticket" bearing the amount in credit from 32-year-old sales executive Soh Wee Chen.

With the "cash out ticket", a gambler can collect the credits in cash from casino cashiers.

A district court yesterday granted Lau a one-month adjournment for her lawyer Shashi Nathan to discuss the matter with the Attorney-General's Chambers.

Her case will be next mentioned in court on March 31.

Lau, currently out on $5,000 bail, is alleged to have committed the offence on Feb 16 - two days after the casino opened on Chinese New Year.

If convicted, she could be jailed up to two years and/or fined up to $10,000.

Her case comes a week after taxi driver Loo Siew Wan was charged with trying to cheat a dealer of $190 in a baccarat game at the casino on Feb 22.

The 53-year-old is also accused of stealing his brother's Singapore driving licence and impersonating him in an effort to enter the casino on Feb 23.

Loo is prohibited from entering the casino under an exclusion order.

He is out on $15,000 bail and the case will be mentioned in court on Tuesday.

If convicted of cheating, Loo faces a maximum jail term of five years and a $10,000 fine.

Seven others are also in trouble with the law over casino-related offences.

Two Mongolians are out on bail on charges of cheating by impersonation.

The investigation into five people said to have attempted to sneak into the casino on its opening day without each paying the $100 levy is ongoing.


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