So far police have recovered approximately $120,000 in winnings resulting from a syndicate member’s use of sophisticated technology to cheat two Singapore casinos.
In the first case of its kind, The Straight Times reports that 40-year-old Czech national Radoslav Skubnik used smartphones to record gaming machines at Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa last month and then later used the information to predict the machine’s pay-outs.
On Tuesday, Skubnik admitted to three charges of cheating at play under the Casino Control Act, when he created an advantage for himself during game play at the two Singapore casinos in May. He received a 22-month sentence for the crimes, while cases are pending against his alleged partners in crime, 33-year-old Andrei Egorov and 40-year-old Vladislav Logachev, both Russian.
According to the news outlet, Deputy Public Prosecutor Jordon Li said that Skubnik joined a Russian syndicate, which was operating in casinos in Macau, Europe, and the United States, sometime in 2012, and was targeting certain manufacturer’s slot machines. Apparently, prior to being sent to carry out jobs in Macau and in Europe, the syndicate taught Skubnik how to use the devices in Russia. At the completion of each job, 10 percent of the winnings were given to each “Player,” who in turn gave 5 percent to the “Master.” The syndicate received the remainder, according to the report.
Skubnik faced a possible fine of $150,000 and/or a seven-year jail sentence for each of the three charges under the Casino Control Act. Deputy Public Prosecutor Li said Skubnik’s sole purpose for coming to Singapore was to commit offenses, and in light of the aggravating factors, was seeking a sentence of up to 30 months.