UK Man Jailed after Keeping Accidental £766k Casino Payment

UK native Sandeep Singh has been jailed after accepting £766,098 in payments meant for a casino. Singh, who owns a soap shop, had an ATM installed in his business. He’d then fill the machine with cash and be reimbursed by the ATM company later. But the ATM business made a mistake and thought that Singh’s […]

UK native Sandeep Singh has been jailed after accepting £766,098 in payments meant for a casino.

Singh, who owns a soap shop, had an ATM installed in his business. He’d then fill the machine with cash and be reimbursed by the ATM company later.

But the ATM business made a mistake and thought that Singh’s shop was a casino, sending him over £766k. According to the Birmingham Mail, the theft occurred from October 2014 to Oct. 2016.

The Leicester native took this as a sign that the money was his, spending it on property and wiring another £80k to family in India.

Singh was Mistaken for Rubicon Casino

“There were multiple opportunities to notify DC Payments of the error, including during site visits from the company,” said prosecutor Lynsey Knott.

Singh was supposed to load the machine with money, and he was paid a rental fee on top of the ATM reimbursement.

But somewhere along the way, the ATM company thought that Singh was Rubicon Casino in Wolverhampton. This meant that he was being reimbursed for far more money than was actually being taken from his ATM machine.

Singh Didn’t Spend All of the Money

The only good news for Singh is that he didn’t spend all of the cash that was wrongly given to him. However, he’ll have quite a debt to pay because he did blow £260,000 on a home and wiring money back to India.

He’s now been sentenced to 12 months in jail for refusing to notify the ATM company of the mistake.

“It’s clear to me you’ve been a hardworking man and done the best by your family,” said Judge Nicholas Dean QC. “But you’ve let yourself and them down.”

Martin Liddiard, mitigating, stated, “There’s still nearly half a million pounds in his UK account which is under a restraining order. His home has also been restrained. In all, a good £600,000 will be recoverable.”

 

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