6 more Thais charged for cheating MBS casino in baccarat scam

ANOTHER six Thai men were charged on Monday with cheating the Marina Bay Sands casino of nearly $1.2 million.

On Saturday, eight alleged accomplices, comprising four men and four women, were charged. Seven were Thai nationals while one was a Laotian man.

The 14 of them, aged between 23 and 50 years old, are said to have colluded to win cash chips worth $1.2 million while playing baccarat at the casino on May 7 from 2.50am to 6am. They apparently devised a fraudulent scheme in which they knew the sequence of the cards in advance.

All 14 are remanded for further investigations. The eight foreigners charged earlier will return to court on Friday while the case against the latest six in the dock will be mentioned again next Monday.

The men charged on Monday are Sanguanmanee Pongsakorn, Apinyowichian Yongyut, Tuppong Pawee, Laungvorakit Koson, Kaewsuwan Sahaphon, and Kuntharote Ekkaphol. If convicted of cheating at play, each could be fined up to $150,000, jailed up to seven years, or both.