Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Macao Casino Cheated From Inside...Again!

Macao customs official arrested for embezzling money from casino!

The Judiciary Police (PJ) of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) have apprehended a senior SAR customs service official and his wife, who were suspected of committing theft of 50 million Hong Kong dollars (6.3 million U.S. dollars) in cash and gaming chips from a local casino, the Macao Post Daily reported on Friday.

The two suspects were arrested by the Chinese mainland police in Chongqing, a municipality located in southwestern China, and a sum of 10 million HK dollars (1.3 million U.S. dollars) in cash and 10 million HK dollars in gaming chips were seized from the couple at the time of their arrest, the daily quoted a PJ spokesman as saying. The arrested couple were transferred by the mainland police to the PJ at the Macao-Zhuhai borderline Thursday morning.

The PJ spokesman said the 37-year-old male suspect, surnamed Fu, has already been suspended from his job as he was subjected to an internal investigation earlier. The male suspect had worked thereafter illegally as a gaming promoter for the casino's VIP room, where his wife worked.

The 35-year-old female suspect, surnamed Mou, has been assigned by the VIP room operator to move the 50 million Hong Kong dollars in cash and chips from one room to another within the casino on Feb. 4, but she allegedly disappeared from the casino with the cash and chips, according to the daily.

The PJ spokesman declined to reveal the name of the casino hotel, but the daily quoted unconfirmed sources as saying that it is Crown Macao.

The couple have been transferred to the SAR's Public Prosecution for further investigation and possible arraignment on a series of criminal charges, according to the daily.