Ex-MBS dealer sentenced to nine months jail

A dealer who was caught in February for misappropriating S$34,000 (US$24,600) worth of casino chips at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has been sentenced to nine months’ jail on Tuesday, local media reports.

Tan Hong Khee, a Malaysian who had been working at MBS since April 2015, was found to have misappropriated $1000-denomination chips from the baccarat table between Feb 1 and 20 this year.

Whenever a patron would lose $1,000 or more at the table, he would remove the corresponding amount of chips from the float, slip the chips down the back of his shirt when no one was looking, and place them into his bag during his break. He was found to have done this in over 20 occasions.

Tan allegedly used the money to repay a loan he had taken from loan sharks after losing money gambling.

He was arrested on Feb 28, with police seizing $10,000 in cash.