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Casino Dealer at RWS Jailed for Stealing Chips worth around S$77,000, Bought Luxury Goods

Tags: casino dealer, casino theft, Ding Zhipeng, RWS, singapore.
Posted on 28 June 2019 by "T".

Land-based casinos normally have CCTV equipment installed in order to help catch any and every suspicious activity lurking at their casino floors. It is mainly designed to catch player cheats. However, in one incident at the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), their surveillance cameras helped catch one of their very own employees.

A (now former) dealer from RWS allegedly stole at least S$77,000 worth of $1,000 chips and used the money from it to purchase luxury goods for himself and he also gifted some to his girlfriend.

Slipped Chips when Sup wasn't looking
Ding Zhipeng, age 28 and of Chinese descent, began working at RWS as a dealer at one of the gaming tables in July 2017. However, sometime in May or June 2018, the temptation to steal crossed his mind and when he was able to successfully take away some $1,000 chips, greed became so strong that he stole some more.

To avoid being noticed, he only stole when there were no patrons at his table and his supervisor wasn't looking. He enlisted the aid of a friend to cash out the chips for him so he will remain free from any suspicion.

However, his miscalculation was that he forgot one crucial, inanimate thing about casinos - there were hundreds of "eyes" in the form of surveillance cameras installed everywhere you go.

Bought luxury goods using stolen money
His repetitive crime was exposed when a surveillance personnel saw him illegally taking chips from his table in November 2018. The personnel quickly called the police.

Authorities then conducted a search at the room he rented. They found $3,000 in cash and 74 chips, two of which he had hidden in his pants. The entire sum recovered was S$77,000.

Lawyer says accused suffered from stress as foreign worker
Ding had admitted to one count of criminal breach of trust, one of possessing the casino chips outside of RWS, and one count of converting benefits from criminal conduct. Thirteen more counts of a similar nature were also considered for his sentencing.

This story doesn't end there. In fact, stealing from the casino wasn't actually the worst part of his crime.

According to his attorney, Ding was stressed and therefore "resorted to improper channels to make extra cash" for his family back in China.

However, that argument doesn't hold much since he used the ill-gotten money to buy luxury goods for his girlfriend and himself.

His portrayed sob story became moot because of what he eventually did with some of the stolen money - he bought a Breitling watch worth $6,000, $400 Chanel earrings, Balenciaga shoes and pouch, an iPad mini and an iPhone - hardly things that would help out a family in need.

For criminal breach of trust, Ding could have faced up to 7 years behind bars plus a possible fine. For possessing casino chips outside of a designated area, he could have faced 5 years behind bars and be fined up to $150,000, or both. For converting the benefits of criminal conduct, he could have a jail sentence of up to 10 years and possibly fined up to $500,000.

On June 20, Thursday, he was sentenced to only a jail term of 9 months and 6 weeks, and fined $12,000 for his offenses. Should he fail to pay the fine, he will have to serve an extra 3 weeks behind bars.



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11 comments on "Casino Dealer at RWS Jailed for Stealing Chips worth around S$77,000, Bought Luxury Goods"

 dule-vu28/06/2019 13:28:49 GMT
we had news in past,here on forum,about similar things that dealers do in casino!its big chance for everybody and somebody in world of gambling must try things like this!sometimes it will pass,but if you do for some time this,you will be caught!its big amount of money,now he will pay for this!
 copyyy2k28/06/2019 13:32:08 GMT
Wow 7 years in prison thats sooo much for stealing chips from casino.
Anyway he shouldn't steal that much and maybe he wouldn't get caught and he spend money on he Breitling watch worth $6,000, $400 Chanel earrings, Balenciaga shoes and pouch, an iPad mini and an iPhone that isn't his family.
He deserved it to be honest.
 dule-vu28/06/2019 13:37:30 GMT
well,in normal countries you get this kind of punishments and they send message to other people what will happen if somebody else try things like this!ofocurse he can get smaller punishment and to return money,but this is something that must show to other people how law work in their country!
 bowie198428/06/2019 16:44:34 GMT
If he was able to steal 77k worth of chips why the hell would he working there anymore? It just does not make sense, I would leave right away make sure leave some of those chips in somebody else's locker room to put the heat on him.
 pajalnick28/06/2019 23:18:39 GMT
It is very strange that the dealer was able to steal chips for $ 77,000 .... because in all casinos there are cameras that constantly conduct video surveillance and therefore there is almost no chance to steal .... but there are people who think to deceive the system ..... here is a typical representative of such people .... tried to deceive and eventually went to jail .... it seems to me Now it is impossible to commit a crime without a trace
 CALICUL29/06/2019 06:36:29 GMT
Another very interesting case where a casino employee steals money. He stole many money, if he managed to buy luxury goods, to sent money to his family in China and the casino recovered 77,000 dollars. Now is the time for him to make prison and to return money spent.

 bowie198401/07/2019 04:44:03 GMT
Posted by pajalnick:
but there are people who think to deceive the system ..... here is a typical representative of such people .... tried to deceive and eventually went to jail ...

I thought he went to jail because HE DID NOT try to deceive anything, he just thought it's okay to show up with luxury goods in work from one week to another without somebody getting some concerns about where are those coming from...
 pajalnick01/07/2019 10:11:32 GMT
in any case, this person seems to me not to be completely clever .... to commit crimes at work, especially in a casino. This is probably Compare suicide .... because in any case you will be caught ... No matter how brilliant you are anyway you will overtake justice .... so I am once again surprised at the stupidity of the criminal
 CALICUL01/07/2019 10:17:23 GMT
This man managed to steal handsome but unfortunately for him these camcorders they caught him. If he was not caught, he would have managed to make one million dollars in 2-3 years. He is capable of that but now he will have big problems.
 Nightkid01/07/2019 14:03:40 GMT
Well and as always jumps from someone who steals haha but that is known to see so much money that move think that sometimes taking a little nose are going to give an account and those who have more are the most stingy and more to control the silver ... although it does not do them anything to donate some money if every time they fill more pockets Tongue Tongue Tongue
 CALICUL05/07/2019 12:49:02 GMT
Someone who steal can not donate money iif the amount is small. If he manages to steal colossal amounts of money, then surely he can donate, if he has a good soul. If the amounts are small then he risked much to donate because if he's caught, then he enters in the jail and has nothing to gain. It would like a Robin Hood or maybe a wild west cowboy.

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