Five Atlantic City Casinos were hit by a fake check scam, costing them $ 1.12 million.
New Jersey Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced that five New York-based individuals have been charged with the scam following an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Bureau of Casino Gambling and the Criminal Justice Division Office of Specialized Crimes.
- Xiuhuan Zhang, 65
- Qingtao Zhang, 53 years old
- Shuai Liu, 30 years old
- Peng Cai, 33
- Sen Ge, 29 years old
One Suspect Busted – Manhunt in progress for four more
Nowadays, only Qingtao Zhang was arrested, while the other four suspects are still at large. Zhang was arrested in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is expected to be extradited to the United States in due course.
Caesars Hotel and Casino, Borgata Hotel and Casino and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino have all been swindled to the tune of $ 284,000, while Ocean Casino Resort and Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino lost $ 134,000.
Acting Attorney General Bruck said:
âThe defendants were caught executing a sophisticated financial scheme covering several casinos and over $ 1 million in fraudulent checks. This case is just one example of the excellent work – in this case beyond international borders – carried out by members of the New Jersey State Police and the Criminal Justice Division who are responsible for to investigate and prosecute crimes in casinos.
Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, the New Jersey State Police Superintendent added:
âThe arrest of Qingtao Zhang in the Netherlands illustrates the privileged working relationship that New Jersey State Police have in the world and our desire to ensure that distance never becomes an obstacle to justice. It was a great job from everyone involved.
If he is found guilty of second degree conspiracy, second degree theft by deception and attempted second degree theft by deception, the suspects face a prison sentence of five to ten years and a fine of up to $ 150,000.
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