In Singapore, a 34-year-old gambler from mainland China has been sentenced to serve 14 weeks in jail after pleading guilty to multiple charges of cheating and theft at the Marina Bay Sands.
According to a report from Yahoo News Singapore, Wu Menghu pled guilty on Friday to two counts of theft totaling $3,010 along with an identical number of cheating charges while eight additional infractions were taken into consideration.
The construction worker had reportedly been visiting the Las Vegas Sands Corporation-owned property along with the city-state’s nearby Resorts World Sentosa development since 2010 but ran out of money in October after losing tens of thousands of dollars at the tables.
In order to support his gambling habit, Wu subsequently decided to steal from other patrons by pilfering their chips or illicitly claiming their winnings but was caught in the act after Marina Bay Sands staff reviewed security camera footage of a November 28 incident.
This episode reportedly saw Wu move a temporarily absent customer’s chip at a sic-bo table and use it to place a bet of his own. The offended player, who had left the action before the wager had been realized, soon returned and requested that casino personnel review their security camera footage, which reportedly showed Wu moving the token.
Wu was reportedly arrested by local police on November 30 when he returned to the Marina Bay Sands and attempted to gain entry using his work permit. His eventual jail sentence was backdated to his remand date of December 2.