January 14, 2009

Charged executive a fastidious guest

A Fry Electronics executive accused of arranging kickbacks to pay for his gambling led a lifestyle as fastidious as it was luxurious, U.S. hotel records show.

Ausaf Umar Siddiqui is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in a federal court in San Jose, Calif., on charges he stole $6 million in a kickback scheme with vendors while working for Fry Electronics.

The Internal Revenue Service reported Siddiqui spent about $120 million in three years at just two casinos and court papers filed say he lost $9 million in one game of baccarat, the San Jose, Calif., Mercury News reported Wednesday.

But, to hotels employees in Las Vegas, he was known as Mr. S.

At hotels, Siddiqui demanded Aramis cologne and a badger hair shaving brush, lint-free towels and Glitterati Mentissimo peppermints decorated with a single rose in his hotel suites, the report said.

He also demanded the refrigerator be stocked with Dom Perignon Rose champagne and Kurosawa Sake, the newspaper reported, adding that the television was to be set to a certain channel -- ESPN -- and his socks, when he ordered them purchased, were to be 30 percent cotton, 70 percent silk.

Hotels kept a list of what toothbrush, toothpaste, chap stick brand and condoms he liked, the newspaper said.