Two men have been arrested following an investigation into alleged cheating at a well-known Australian casino.
The Star Casino in Sydney is at the centre of the allegations, after they identified possible cheating among their casino goers.
Following an investigation, two arrests were made. The men, who are named in court documents, but are not here due to legal reasons, have since appeared in court. The men are aged 35 and 27, and the charges relate to three separate visits – allegedly made by the two men – to The Star Casino during the month of September 2020.
One man is charged with stealing $100,000 in total, over these three visits. It is alleged that the thefts took place on three occasions across September 7th and 8th. The first trip allegedly resulted in The Star losing $44,000. On the second and third occasions, the casino lost $24,000 and $32,000 respectively. Both men are charged with three counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and participating in a criminal group, contributing to criminal activity.
Police, following reports of serious cheating at The Star, set-up a special operation task force. This was named “Strike Force Antree”. The Star Casino called police themselves after the casino’s “internal processes identified an issue”. The issue related to a game of Baccarat, which is a popular casino card game.
The police operation led to the arrest of the 27-year-old man in the car park of The Star Casino. Meanwhile, police swooped to arrest the 35-year-old at a home at Canley Heights at about 6.20pm on September 9th. Police armed with search warrants then proceeded to search the property at Canley Heights, which is a suburb of Sydney. By the end of their search, they allegedly recovered more than $270,000 (AUD) cash, USD $2000 and electronic storage devices.
Detectives then searched a unit in Ryde (also a suburb of Sydney), where they allegedly found more than $300,000 in cash. Plus, seized suspected casino chips worth $169,000.
Both of the men were questioned and ordered to appear at separate courts on the morning of Wednesday 30th September 2020. The 27-year-old man appeared before Downing Centre Local Court. Meanwhile, the 35-year-old man appeared before Liverpool Local Court. Each of the two courts granted the men bail. They will next appear in court on November 11th 2020. In addition, police are continuing with their enquiries in accordance with their “Strike Force Antree” operation.