Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Conman Croupier Cheated Casino; Worker in Roulette Swindle to Give Old Pal Cash

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Conman Croupier Cheated Casino; Worker in Roulette Swindle to Give Old Pal Cash

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Byline: ADAM JUPP

AS an experienced casino worker, he knows the house always wins.

But that didn't stop crooked croupier Colin Davidson concocting a high-stakes swindle to help his pal win hundreds.

The 36-year-old, who has worked at Newcastle's Grosvenor casino for more than 10 years, fixed it for old friend David Stanley to be paid out double as he played the roulette wheel.

Davidson, of Biberfield Road, Prudhoe, gave Mr Stanley cash chips worth twice the value of the ones he handed over, covering his tracks by breaking strict casino rules.

But bosses soon became suspicious as Davdison's accomplice started coming to the Grosvenor, on St James Boulevard, more and more to play on his tables.

By the time the casino con was detected, nearly pounds 2,000 had been illegally paid out.

Davidson was suspended as police were called in to investigate.

Now, the married former cruise ship worker has been convicted of fraud by abuse of position following a trial at Newcastle Magistrates' Court.

The court heard Davidson and Mr Stanley worked together in a factory 15 years ago but had regained contact through friends of friends in the run-up to their swindle, which took place between July and August 2008.

Jill Brown, prosecuting, said Mr Stanley would hand over pounds 25 chips to Davidson but would get twice the value back in pounds 1 cash chips during the time he played roulette.

Three witnesses from the casino gave evidence, saying they had studied CCTV of Davidson's table and could tell from the footage the wrong chips were being dished out due to their colour.

They said Davidson could be heard "dropping his commentary" - failing to openly explain the transaction he was carrying out - at the time chips were being exchanged for Mr Stanley.

Davidson denied the charge.

He said: "I have worked for casinos for 10 years and have had millions of pounds go through my hands and I have never stolen anything before. …

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