An Indian aristocrat and his Russian assistant are accused of cheating the Sun Casino in Monte Carlo using counterfeit money.
Some players try to win money, illegally, at the casino without the risk of losing money. To accomplish this, a fraudulent system or counterfeit money is used. That is exactly what happened in the Sun Casino in Monte Carlo.
Fake banknotes among real tender
This incident happened on June 2nd, 2016. An Indian aristocrat and his 26-year-old Russian assistant handed over fake €100 bills to the cashier of the Sun Casino 350, which were mixed under 156 real banknotes to buy chips. They then played some rounds of roulette and then went back to the cashier to exchange their chips for real money. This procedure was quickly discovered and the next day the Société des Bains de Mer filed a lawsuit. The police looked at the surveillance video of the event, but the couple was no longer booked at the Fairmont Hotel.
The accused assistant
The Indian aristocrat returned on December 30th, 2016, and while in the adjoining palace of Sun Casino, the police took him into custody. During the interrogation, he accused his assistants, who were responsible for changing the Swiss franc into euros. For his part, he was not aware of the fraud. In addition, he has already filed a lawsuit against the assistant for theft.
Allegedly, they handed over 350 fake €100 bills, which were mixed under 156 real banknotes to buy chips which they then, after a few rounds at roulette, again exchanged for real money.
A similar case in Casino Salzburg
The suspect is no longer in custody, but must still appear before the criminal court. In the meantime, however, the police found that the same player is suspected of having committed similar crimes on June 21st, 2015 at the Casino in Salzburg in Austria. At the time, his excuse was somewhat different since he testified that he had exchanged money in an unofficial exchange bureau in Milan and was unaware that it was counterfeit money. At that time, the Austrian judiciary had released him for lack of evidence.
An arrest warrant has been issued and a tough prison sentence is required. We still have to wait a bit for the verdict, because the courts will only make a decision on Tuesday, April 17th 2018.