Six Chinese nationals charged with cheating at RWS and MBS casinos

(From left) Zhou Li, Tao Xuanhui, Gong Liangyong and Cai Anqiu.
(From left) Zhou Li, Tao Xuanhui, Gong Liangyong and Cai Anqiu.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - Four men and two women from China have been charged with cheating at the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) and Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casinos earlier this week.

Zhou Li, 31 , Tao Xuanhui, 32, Gong Lianghua, 36, Gong Liangyong, 25, Cai Anqiu, 56, and Cai Huahua, 33, are believed to have been part of a syndicate which cheated, or attempted to cheat, patrons by pretending to help them place bets.

Their case will be mentioned in court again on Dec 30.

On Tuesday, Zhou and Tao allegedly conspired with each other at MBS to persuade a victim to falsely believe that his $100 wager was a losing bet in a bid to get $200 cash chips from playing baccarat.

Later that day at RWS, Gong Lianghua and Gong Liangyong purportedly colluded with each other and another person, Tan Xiaohong, to induce a victim to falsely believe that his wager of $50 was also a losing bet. They got $100 cash chips from playing the same game as Zhou and Tao.

Cai Anqiu and Cai Huahua, meanwhile, allegedly schemed with each other at MBS on Wednesday to persuade a victim to falsely believe that his wager of $200 was also a losing bet. Both alleged cheats got $400 cash chips from playing the same game as their counterparts.

The police, in a statement on Wednesday, advised members of the public to exercise caution in the casinos, and to refrain from allowing others to place bets on their behalf at gaming tables.

If convicted, the six accused face up to seven years' jail and/or a fine of up to $150,000.