A Star casino manager has been sacked after she borrowed thousands of dollars from staff to fund her own gambling habit.
Minh Nguyen was also barred from working in the industry by the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority.
According to a press release issued by the Liquor and Gaming Authority, she borrowed more than $7000 from her staff over a period of two years in 2020 and 2021.
In one of these instances, she cut an employee’s shift short and offered to give him a lift home. During the ride home, Ms Nguyen told them about her family issues and asked to borrow $1000.
She stopped her car at an ATM so the employee could extract the cash. The employee only got the money repaid after months of asking for it.
In another instance, Ms Nguyen asked for $3000 from an employee and said it would be returned in two months. They loaned her $2000 but only $1000 was repaid five months later.
After this time Nguyen cut off contact with the worker.
Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority Chairman Phillip Crawford said it was a matter of integrity when an employee abuses a position where reputation and character is essential.
“The Authority revoked Ms Nguyen’s licence to prevent her and others from further gambling-related harms,” Mr Crawford said.
“The repeated nature of the contraventions indicates a lack of honesty and considerable lack of diligence or ability with respect to regulatory compliance.”
During an investigation into her behaviour, Ms Nguyen said she did not feel she used her power as a manager to influence staff members to loan her money.
Casino special employees, which is what Ms Nguyen was employed as at the time of the crime, are licensed to undertake certain positions within a casino, involving supervision of gaming tables, equipment, security and the ability to hold management positions.