MBS croupier cheats casino of more than $138,000
Unhappy with his former employer, Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casino, the croupier sought revenge by cheating it of more than $138,000.
First, he snuck casino chips worth $118,000 out over a month.
He also roped in two friends to play there, even paying them when they lost.
Jiang Kaiwen's crimes were exposed after the MBS surveillance team reviewed security footage during their routine audit checks.
Yesterday, Jiang, now 24, pleaded guilty to 20 charges of criminal breach of trust and cheating of play, with 70 other charges taken into consideration for sentencing.
Jiang is expected to be sentenced on Oct 3.
Court papers said Jiang began working for MBS as a Sic Bo, Baccarat and Blackjack dealer last September.
But Jiang allegedly grew unhappy at the management over two incidents that made him feel underappreciated and resentful.
His lawyer said in mitigation that Jiang had been verbally abused by customers on two occasions, only for the management to allegedly side the customers.
Jiang decided to exact revenge by misappropriating casino chips from the gaming tables.
On 47 occasions between April 7 and May 3 this year, he would sneak casino chips out of the premises by hiding them in bermudas he wore under his work pants, or in his shoes.
He would then pass the stolen chips to his friend, Li Zhifan, 24, a China national, who would then cash out the chips.
A second friend, Dong Hao, 22, also a China national, was also roped in.
Jiang would also overpay them when they won or were changing chips. He would even pay them when they lost their wagers.
The trio made off with $20,275 worth of casino chips and would meet at the MBS toilets to split the money.
Jiang was arrested at Changi Aiport upon his return from a holiday in Vietnam on May 9 this year - a day after an MBS casino security officer made a police report.
Officers escorted him back to his home, where he surrendered the $118,000 he had stolen.
He and his two accomplices - whose court cases are still pending - returned the remaining $20,275 to MBS.
Yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Thiam Jia Min called for Jiang to be jailed between 13 and 16 months.
Defence lawyer Ng Lip Chih said his client was remorseful and committed the offences out of naivety and in a momentary lapse of judgment.