Macau | Police arrest three residents for sharing confidential information online of HK$48 mln gambling chips theft suspect

The Judiciary Police arrested three local residents for posting and sharing a photo on social media showing confidential information about the identity of suspect on a recent HK$48 million casino chip robbery at Wynn Macau

Macau (MNA) – The Macau SAR Judiciary Police (PJ) announced this Thursday that it had arrested three residents for posting and sharing on social media confidential personal information of a suspect on a robbery case involving HK$48 million-face value gambling chips, pertaining to gaming operator Wynn Macau.

According to PJ, a 51-year old male administration clerk and two female casino croupiers aged 34 and 54, were arrested on January 17 for sharing a confidential police document in which the personal information – including a photo – of the casino employee suspect on the crime was revealed.

The PJ said today that the three people have confessed they have shared the photo on an undisclosed “online social media platform” and on chat rooms, with the police claiming it was still investigating the identity of the person who took the photo of the document and leaked it to the people arrested.

“That document was sent exclusively to the security department in charge of overseeing casino incidents, [and was] not for public access,” the PJ said this Thursday.

The photo of the document has been circulating in social media platforms, such as WeChat and Facebook.

The three people arrested could be charged with breaching judicial confidentiality, a crime that can lead to a two-year prison sentence or a 240-day fine, according to the MSAR Criminal Code.

Sources told MNA this Thursday that the robbery was committed by a 50-year old dealer who stole the gambling chips from the VIP room where he worked at Wynn Macau on the Macau Peninsula.

Enquired about the issue, Wynn Macau Ltd. told MNA that ‘the matter is now being handled by the police, with police authorities not having offered any update on the investigation when this article was published.

[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]