On Thursday two women and four men, all Chinese nationals, were charged with cheating casino patrons at the Marina Bay Sands, developed by the Las Vegas Sands, and Resorts World Sentosa integrated casino resort developed by Genting Singapore, in Singapore in Southeast Asia.
It is believed that Tao Xuanhui, 32, Zhou Li, 31, Gong Lianghua, 36, Gong Liangyong, 25, Cai Anqiu, 56, and Cai Huahua, 33, were part of a syndicate which cheated, or attempted to cheat, patrons under the guise of helping them place bets.
The suspects schemed in pairs in two separate incidents on Tuesday and another on Wednesday in an effort to obtain cash chips in Baccarat games by falsely leading their victims to believe that they were losing when in fact just the opposite was true.
Police were notified early on Wednesday of suspected cheating that allegedly occurred on Tuesday at 3:43 p.m the Resorts World Sentosa. Gong Liangyong and Gong Lianghua were arrested. In relation to a similar incident, after follow-up investigations, Tao and Zhou were arrested at the Marina Bay Sands casino. That alleged incident took place at 1:35 p.m. also on Tuesday. Approximately $5,000 in cash and casino chips were also seized by police and would be used as case exhibits. Cai Anqiu and Cai Huahua were both arrested for the third incident which took place at 10:20p.m on Wednesday evening at the Marina Bay Sands Casino.
The prosecution has requested that the suspects remain in custody, based on the belief that they are involved in other similar cases, according to closed circuit television footage from the two casinos. In a statement by the police on Wednesday, the public was advised to exercise caution when frequenting the casinos, and not to allow others place bets on their behalf.
If convicted, under the Casino Control Act, the six could either be incarcerated for up to seven years or be made to pay a fine of up to $150,000, or both.