A croupier working at the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casino in Singapore became unhappy with his employer and opted to exact his revenge - by cheating it of over $138,000. However, as with all cheats, you can never really get away with it as the casino will eventually find out.
Jiang Kaiwen, age 24, who started working on September last year at the MBS casino as a dealer of Blackjack, Baccarat and Sic Bo, pleaded guilty to 20 charges of criminal breach of trust and cheating of play, along with 70 more charges being considered for sentencing. His crimes were exposed right after the MBS surveillance team conducted their routine audit checks and saw him cheating via the security footage.
Within a month, he first snuck casino chips worth $118,000. Then, he also connived with two friends to play at the casino, paying them even when they lost their bets.
Why He Did It
Unlike the usual reason of simple greed that we usually see on other cases of cheating casino dealers, Jiang had another reason, albeit it's also rather simple - he said he became unhappy at the casino management over two occurrences which left him feeling resentful and underappreciated.
On two occasions, Jiang had been abused verbally by customers, and to add insult to injury, the management sided with the customers.
He decided to exact his revenge by means of misappropriating casino chips from the gaming tables. Between April 7 and May 3 this year, he successfully snuck out casino chips 47 times out of the premises by concealing them in his shoes, or in Bermuda shorts he wore under his work pants. He would then give the stolen chips to his Chinese friend Li Zhifan, age 24, who would proceed to cash out the chips. Another Chinese friend, Dong Hao, age 22, was also involved.
When his two Chinese friends were playing there, Jiang would also tend to overpay them when they were changing chips or when they won. Even if they lost, he would still pay them.
The three took away $20,275 worth of casino chips and would split the money at the MBS toilets.
On May 9 this year, upon his return from a holiday in Vietnam, Jiang was arrested - only a day after a MBS casino security officer filed a police report. Police escorted him to his home, where he surrendered the $118,000 he stole. He and his two accomplices (whose court cases are still pending) gave back the remaining $20,275 to MBS casino.
On September 3, Deputy Public Prosecutor Thiam Jia Min calls for Jiang to be jailed for a period of 13 up to 16 months. Jiang's defense lawyer said that his client was remorseful, and that he only did those things out of naivety and in a momentary lapse of judgment. Jiang is expected to be sentenced on October 3, 2016.