The Fake Chip Saga Continues, Virginia Couple Arrested

According to a report by Haley Hintze on Flushdraw.net a couple from northern Virginia has been arrested after police official found out they were using fake $100 chips at the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland. This report is that much more interesting after Christian Lunardi was caught using fake chips during a poker tournament at the Borgata last month.

The fake chips Rosa A. Nguyen (36) and Vuong Q. Truong (37) were using were ordered online from a Chinese manufacturer. According to the police report the couple admitted having ordered $150,000 in chips for $12,000, all showing remarkable resemblances with Maryland Live! Casino chips.

The couple must’ve been suspicious, as they tossed all their chips into a lake nearby their house. This, however, did not do the trick as the chips were much lighter than real ones and stayed afloat. The police was able to recover $115,000 of the $150,000 chips from the lake.

Nguyen, who had ordered the chips, has been charged with one count of theft and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft, all ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Truong was charged with four counts of committing a theft scheme and one count of conspiracy to commit theft.

Going forward casinos must consider using RFID chips for their larger denomination chips, as fake chip scandal appear to be much more frequent than previously suspected. 

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