Crown Melbourne’s Baccarat Scam Case Falling Apart
Entwined in a public relations nightmare, especially given the current volatile nature of Australia’s gambling industry, an investigating officer at Crown Melbourne casino has failed to produce the necessary evidence gathered during the investigation of a group of Baccarat scammers, including a former Baccarat dealer employed by the casino, who is now accused of having been instrumental in the entire ordeal. This despite having been ordered by a court to produce the necessary audio recordings and CCTV footage that forms the locus standi on which all of the casino’s allegations are based.
Legal counsel for the former dealer has now subpoenaed the casino’s Investigations Manager to deliver the necessary evidence within a specified period of time. This includes the footage of the conversations that took place in the casino’s interrogation room shortly after the group of scammers allegedly stole more than AU$400,000 from the casino’s Baccarat tables.
Huo The Victim Of A Routine Check
The former Baccarat dealer allegedly at the centre of the criminal proceedings is one Michael Huo. Huo is accused of having helped three players win almost half a million Australian Dollars during the period running from March until May of 2017. The casino claims that it had noticed that all was not well at Huo’s table due to routine spot checks that were regularly carried out on the casino’s biggest wins for any given period.
Allegedly, Huo’s modus operandi was to inform his trio of co-criminals about the value of the cards that would be dealt next, enabling them to rake in the big wins. CCTV footage, as well as a close monitoring of the players betting habits ultimately alerted the casino to the fact that something very untoward was taking place at the table of the accused.
Requested Info Deemed Irrelevant
The Investigation Manager on duty at the time of the interrogations was Jason McHutchison. When prompted to produce certain text messages deemed relevant to the criminal proceedings, Hutchison responded by saying that all of the text messages on his phone had been lost a while ago due to his having purchased a new cell phone.
He pointed out that he did not consider these to be in any way relevant or able to shift the verdict in any direction, and as a result, he did not make too much of the fact when the text messages were lost.
Hutchison had also failed to produce the casino’s logbook, and has said that this too, contained no information that was relevant to the nature of the proceedings.