A Star gaming manager was fired and banned from the casino for borrowing money from her employees to fund her gambling.
The casino’s special employee, Minh Nguyen, used her position as an assistant gaming manager to borrow thousands of dollars from her staff, some of which have not been reimbursed.
Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority chairman Phillip Crawford said it was a question of integrity when an employee abuses a position where reputation and character are essential.
“The Authority revoked Ms Nguyen’s license to prevent her and others from suffering further gambling-related harm,” Crawford said.
âThe repeated nature of contraventions indicates a lack of honesty and a significant lack of diligence or capacity with respect to regulatory compliance. “
In 2020 and 2021, Ms. Nguyen borrowed over $ 7,000 from staff under her direction.
In one scenario, she cut an employee’s shift short and offered to take him home. During the drive home, Ms. Nguyen began to talk about her family issues and asked to borrow $ 1,000. She stopped her car at an ATM so the employee could extract the money. After several months and several attempts to collect the money, Ms. Nguyen finally agreed to meet at a gas station to repay the loan.
In another example, Ms. Nguyen asked an employee for $ 3,000 and said it would be reimbursed in two months. The employee loaned him $ 2,000, but only $ 1,000 was repaid five months later. Repeated attempts to contact Ms. Nguyen resulted in unanswered calls and disconnected phone numbers.
The employees reportedly said that they did not want to say no to their manager and were also afraid to talk about it with her or others.
Ms Nguyen said she didn’t feel like she used her power as a manager to get staff to lend her money.
Special casino employees are permitted to occupy certain positions within a casino, involving the supervision of gaming tables, equipment, security and the ability to occupy managerial positions.
Licensing requires a high level of integrity, honest conduct, and compliance with the Casino Control Law.
“This decision will help protect the industry, the community and Ms. Ngyuen herself, by mitigating the risk of any future incidents due to her personal gambling addiction,” Crawford said.
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