Monday, July 25, 2011

Ex-casino dealer jailed

Twenty-three-year-old Kent Oh Zhi Xiang was entrusted with lots of casino chips on a daily basis as he was a dealer at the Resorts World Sentosa casino.

But Oh devised a plan to cheat his former employer in July last year and within just four months, managed to make off with about S$100,000 worth of casino chips. He was sentenced Monday to two years' jail for criminal breach of trust after pleading guilty to the offence. Oh had worked with two alleged accomplices to swindle the casino.

They were his friend, 33-year-old Lim Chee Leng, and Lim's father, 56-year-old Lim Eng Chin, a taxi driver. As part of the ruse, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ruth Wong said that the father-and-son pair would approach Oh to exchange either 500-dollar or 1000-dollar cash chips for those in smaller denominations.

Oh would hand them more 100-dollar cash chips than what they were entitled to. He overpaid them with some S$100,000 worth of chips between July and November last year. DPP Wong said that the ill-gotten gains were shared equally between Oh and the Lims. But they were caught after a casino pit manager received a tip-off from another punter.

Oh was observed overpaying the Lims on a closed-circuit television footage and the authorities were alerted. DPP Wong pressed for a jail term of about two years as the crime was committed on numerous occasions. She stressed that Oh had made no restitution and such offences are usually difficult to detect.

Lim Chee Leng, who's jobless, and his father have already been charged in court with the offence. They will be dealt with at a later date.

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