PERTH, Australia, Aug. 1 (UPI) — An Australian man was convicted of stealing for picking up $200 on a casino floor, officials say.
Adrian Lamonica-Miraglio, 22, was found guilty in Perth Magistrate’s Court Monday on one count of stealing, PerthNow.com reported.
Lamonica-Miraglio, an apprentice refrigeration mechanic, was having drinks with friends at the Burswood Casino in Perth, Australia, March 27th when he noticed the $200 on the floor.
“I noticed there was a note on the floor … I put my foot on it and dragged it,” Lamonica-Miraglio told the court. “Once I picked it up there were not that many people around. I hadn’t decided to do anything with it.”
The man conceded he made no effort to find the rightful owner of the money or notify casino staff until questioned by them.
“The accused knew [the money] was not his,” Magistrate Wayne Tarr said. “He made a deliberate attempt to conceal it from the victim.”
Lamonica-Miraglio’s lawyer, John Hammond, said the way his client was treated by the court and by security at the time of the incident was “oppressive.”
“He was held in a cell for nearly 3 hours … it was overkill,” Hammond said.
Lamonica-Miraglio was fined $500 and ordered to pay more than $300 in court costs.