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Casino Took Fake Cheque

4 December 2003

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian Associated Press: "Melbourne's Crown Casino abandoned caution and honoured a fake AUD$2.3 million (US$1.69 million) cheque in its bid to woo a high-roller, the Victorian County Court was told today.

"The cheque was approved after senior management over-rode staff concerns that the only identification shown to them was a photocopy of a passport, the court heard.

"Legal Aid barrister George Georgiou criticised the casino after his client Sam Yi'Shen Huang, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining property by deception.

"…It's probably fair to say the casino were so concerned with the pursuit of this high roller and this bank draft of $2.3 million that they abandoned all reasonable caution and took a risk,' he said.

"…Huang used `start-up' capital of $40,000 to pay an associate for copies of a genuine $2.3 million bank cheque and of the second man's passport.

"Huang, formerly of the Gold Coast, merged details of the genuine cheque on to another bank cheque Huang had purchased for $50 and then modified…"

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