|Repentant Casino Cheat|
The crime took place at Broadway Casino, in Broadway Plaza, Ladywood Middleway, on April 28.
Williams did not cash in his chips that night and, the court heard, regretted his actions the following morning.
His brother later returned the chips to the casino on his behalf, sparking an investigation. CCTV footage of the incident was studied, which led to the croupier being sacked for turning his back on the wheel and Williams being arrested.
At an earlier hearing, 27-year-old Williams, of Horseshoe Crescent, Great Barr, admitted a charge of fraud by false representation. Handing him a fine of £100 with £15 victim surcharge and £100 costs, District Judge Robert Zara gave Williams credit for not seeing through his crime.
“I accept that this was an opportunist fraud which you later repented of,” he told him. “It did have consequences for somebody else but that’s not a matter for this court. You do have a criminal record but nothing for dishonesty since 2003. I take the view that this is serious enough to deal with by way of a financial penalty, though I give you credit for your plea.”
The prosecution was the second case of roulette fraud in Birmingham this year. In May, a croupier and a customer were found guilty of cheating Maxims Casino in Norfolk Road, Edgbaston, out of thousands of pounds. CCTV footage showed Lindon Latham, 30, and his accomplice Damian Lumbley, 25, rigged the wheel to win £4,600.