Five New Yorkers used fake bank checks to steal more than $ 1.1 million from Atlantic City casinos, charges announced Thursday.
Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck said the five defendants, two women and two men, are each charged with second degree conspiracy and various counts of second degree theft by deception and attempted theft by deception.
As of Thursday afternoon, four of the defendants were wanted on arrest warrants. One of them was detained in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
- Xiuhuan Zhang, 65, from Flushing
- Qingtao Zhang, 53, from Flushing (detained)
- Shuai Liu, 30, from College Point
- Peng Cai, 33, from Brooklyn
- Sen Ge, 29, from Flushing
According to the attorney general’s office, Xiuhuan Zhang and Qingtao Zhang presented the fraudulent checks at five casinos in the resort town. The three men are said to have sometimes helped them and others who are still under investigation.
At every casino – Caesars, Borgata, Ocean, Hard Rock and Golden Nugget – fake checks worth $ 150,000 and $ 134,000 were handed over in order to obtain gambling chips, officials said.
The alleged ploy didn’t work every time, officials said. For example, in two cases, Hard Rock refused a check for $ 150,000 from Xiuhuan Zhang.
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