British Casino Con-Men Sent to Jail
An audacious casino con by a group of Brits in Monte Carlo has led to them being sent to jail.
The action took place in the luxurious Casino de Monte Carlo, which has been seen in James Bond movies in the past.
The con simply involved buying tokens for €10 that looked exactly like the €1,000 chips in use at the casino. They would then switch them while playing.
The three gamblers make a massive £2.9 million by playing at roulette using this scam, getting away with it for more than a year. They were such regular visitors to the casino that they ended up getting free food and drink there, as well as free accommodation at the nearby luxury hotel.
The leader of the gang was said to be 49 year old Pakistan-born Sajid Rashid. French police sources revealed that he had used a string of false names in different countries and had already served time in prison for fraud. He has also been banned for life from casinos in London.
Other members of the gang were 26 year old Qamar Hussain and 45 year-old Zahidul Haque Khan. He was only one of the trio to deny committing any crime. The casino's CCTV cameras captured him putting token into his pocket a number of times, although he denied doing anything wrong.
The total amount they won is believed to be around 4 million Euros, although they have only been ordered by the court to pay back €850,000. The three were also sentenced to jail terms of between 10 and 30 months.
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