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Casino Slammed for Theft

1 September 2006

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Daily Telegraph: "Star City Casino has been slammed for acting irresponsibly by letting a lowly bank worker gamble millions of stolen dollars as a celebrated high-roller.

"The casino shirked its moral duty when it gave high-roller status to Erick Tjandra, a 'minor servant' of the Commonwealth Bank bank who gambled a stolen $8 million, a Sydney court has been told.

"Tjandra, 32, stole $10.4 million from dozens of bank customers over a 15-month period to fund his addiction, the NSW District Court was told today.

"…During sentencing submissions today, Justice Christopher Armitage said Sydney's Star City casino had failed in its 'moral responsibility' by allowing Tjandra to gamble with the high rollers.

"'To allow a young man who is obviously a minor servant of the bank to be in the high rollers' room was an irresponsibility,' he said.

"…Judge Armitage said this showed the casino had acted 'irresponsibly to a high degree'…"

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