An Australian casino is trying to recover $33 million (US) after an “Ocean’s 11″-like scam was discovered.
The Herald Sun reported that a foreign guest staying at the Crown casino in Melbourne cheated in eight hands of cards during a short time frame. The scheme was discovered a few weeks ago, according to sources, and the guest was removed from the extravagant space he was staying in the middle of the night.
The scam was conducted with the help of an employee at the Crown, who has been fired. The Crown thinks this employee was using the facilities camera system to advise the high-roller on bets. The Australian has more from a security consultant on how this could have been done:
Casino security consultant Baron Stringfellow said it would be simple to intercept some casino surveillance systems.
“It’s very easy to intercept the signal from many casinos that don’t take precautions,” he told ABC radio.
“The problem with casinos is that they think they’re unbeatable but we see over and over again that they’re not.”
Mr Stringfellow said the person who was fed the security camera images would have had a wireless microphone that transmitted to a tiny wireless earpiece worn by the high roller.
“It’s virtually invisible if you cover it with a bit of your own hair.”
The casino is continuing to conduct an investigation into the incident and it believes it will be able to retrieve most of the fraudulently won money.
Watch this report about the operation:
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(H/T: Business Insider)