Suspects in MBS gaming fraud charged and remanded for further investigations

Seven Thai nationals and a Laotian were charged in court on Saturday morning for cheating at play, at the Marina Bay Sands casino.

They are Thai nationals Namwong Pimrapat, Namwong Kanyapak, Prasing Jessada, Prasing Juthamas, Sangkaew Singha, Sornsirinam Piyapat, Bujatham Thanadet, and Laotian Sengmanivong Soum.

The eight of them, aged between 23 and 50 years old, had allegedly colluded to win cash chips worth some $1.2 million in a game of baccarat at the casino on Tuesday from 2.50am to 6am.

They apparently came up with a fraudulent scheme in which they knew the sequence of the cards in advance.

All eight have been remanded at Central Police Division for further investigations and will return to court on May 17.

If convicted of cheating at play under Section 172A(3) of the Casino Control Act, Chapter 33A, the suspects can be fined up to $150,000, jailed up to seven years, or both.