Five foreigners charged with recording gaming machines at casinos with mobile phones

Slot machines at the casino at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).
Slot machines at the casino at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).PHOTO: THE BUSINESS TIMES FILE

SINGAPORE - Five foreigners who allegedly used their mobile phones to record gaming machines at the casinos in Singapore were on Tuesday (May 10) charged with an offence under the Casino Control Act.

The five - a man from the Czech Republic, and two men and two women from Russia - are accused of obtaining an advantage for themselves, by the fraudulent use of equipment.

Logachev Vladislav, 40, and Logachev Olga, 39, allegedly schemed with each other, and with other unknown people, to record a slot machine at Marina Bay Sands' casino between 5.59pm and 6.02pm last Thursday (May 5), while it was being played by Vladislav.

Skubnik Radoslav, 40, who is from the Czech Republic, allegedly recorded a slot machine at the Resorts World Sentosa's (RWS) casino between 7.48pm and 8.38pm last Friday (May 6), while it was in play.

Egorov Andrei and Egorova Elena, both 33, allegedly conspired with each other, and with other unknown people, to record another slot machine at the RWS casino between 7.48pm and 7.50pm on Sunday, while it was also in play.

In a statement on Tuesday, the police said six suspects were arrested on Sunday, following a tip-off on Saturday.

Four suspects were arrested at the casinos while two others were arrested at a hotel in Tanjong Pagar.

Police seized 16 mobile phones, a laptop, cash and other items worth more than $125,000.

Investigations into the sixth suspect, a female Filipino, are still ongoing.

The five who have been charged will be remanded for another week.

Their cases will be mentioned in court again on May 17.

If convicted of obtaining an advantage in relation to the playing of a game in a casino by the fraudulent use of equipment, they face up to seven years' jail and a $150,000 fine.