American tourist loses $30k after failing to declare casino winnings
A 23-year-old American student was charged yesterday with failing to declare $30,000 that he won at a local casino.
William Shu, a 23-year-old American citizen of Chinese descent, pleaded guilty to a charge of making a false declaration at his arraignment before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain.
Shu was leaving the country on March 20 after a four-day stay at the Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar when he and three others in his party were selected for a secondary search, prosecutor ASP Clifford Daxon told the court.
Shu told investigators that his father told him to split the money among his travel mates to avoid having to declare his winnings.
Shu’s attorney Alex Dorsett said that Shu was sorry for his actions and had no previous convictions in the United States.
Swain fined Shu, confiscated the cash and ordered him to leave the country as soon as possible.
Dorsett said that Shu’s relatives were ready to make his travel arrangements.
Based on Shu’s guilty plea, Daxon withdrew the charges against Xin Lu, Qi Guan and Quin Mu.