Fake Singapore Casino Dealer gets Jail Time for Scandal
Ma Siu Hong decided that if you can’t beat the casinos, you should join them…and then try to steal their chips. The 24-year-old, who used to work as a dealer at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, used his old uniform in an elaborate plot to steal chips.
Seeing as how many of his old colleagues still worked at Marina Bay, he also disguised himself as an old man; Hong added wrinkles, fake glasses, white hair powder, and put plasters on his fingers to avoid leaving prints.
With his disguise complete, Hong took over for a night shift dealer at a roulette table. While working the roulette game, he began stealing chips while trying to avoid detection. Unfortunately for Hong, he never got out of the casino with the chips because his scam was eventually discovered. The young man was subsequently arrested and forced to stand trial this month.
Rather than fight his charges, Hong pleaded guilty to a number of crimes including operating without a dealer license, impersonating a dealer, and trespassing on private property. Following his guilty plea, District Judge Low Wee Ping issued this statement:
“You disguised yourself. You even put powder on your hair, I suppose, to show that you were an aged or senior person. I am also surprised that it is so easy for you to enter the casino, and I hope that the establishment will improve on the security.”
Ma Siu Hong could have received a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. However, Ping went a little easier on the 24-year-old by giving him six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. Considering what Hong tried to do through his elaborate plot, this isn’t such a bad sentence.