They say that crime doesn’t pay, but for a few people it has – even if only briefly – and these gambling scams are proof of it!
When Willie Sutton, an American bank robber was captured in 1952 after a criminal career which spanned 40 years, he was asked why he had chosen the profession he had. His response was as stunning as it was simple. He answered that that is where the money is!
There is no question that casinos have incredible security. In fact, they have some of the most notoriously high security out of any venue in the world. But this doesn’t stop some criminals from taking a shot at a robbery. The vast majority of these attempts fail, and end with the criminals in jail, or worse. But sometimes, out of incredible effort, dumb luck, or a combination of the two, the robberies are successful.
A Catholic priest from Ontario, Canada has been jailed for two years for defrauding nearly CA$1 million (US$760,000) from desperate refugees to fund a self-destructive gambling habit, according to recent news reports.
The chance of walking into a casino as Joe or Jane Average and walkout Mr or Ms Millionaire is what keeps us going back. It’s a crazy world, filled with the possibility that you will suddenly getting your hands on vast amounts of money.
In Canada, Mitchell Sumka, a former financial advisor was recently sentenced to 27 months in prison for stealing money from his customer’s accounts to pay off gambling debts. The accused stole money from customer accounts held at TD Bank in the province of Manitoba, and went about doing so in some rather creative ways.
A former Victoria gaming minister is among those calling for investigations into Crown Melbourne. Tony Robinson made the call after the casino was accused of links with Chinse organised crime.
Working in a casino as a dealer takes a certain amount of discipline, and the temptation of pocketing a few chips must always be huge. Most dealers manage not to get their hands dirty, and then there are those that do. Then, there are those that do, and get caught.
When we think of crimes that are committed at a casino, we most often think of intricate heists that involve getting past the heavy security and making away with millions in cash or diamonds. The truth, however, is far more mundane, and shows that most crime that does take place in casinos is almost always opportunistic, and for the most part, involves the guests directly rather than the casino itself.
Who were the actual Peaky Blinders?
On the BBC show, Cillian Murphy plays boss Tommy Shelby and shows how he violently takes on the streets of Birmingham, England, all the while outfitted in the most tailored, fashionable clothes of the period. In reality, members of this gang were actually known for their signature dressy look, including silk scarves to class up their extralegal enterprises, and they did, in fact, wreak havoc on the West Midlands region in a very similar fashion to that of their onscreen counterparts.