Five accused of scamming Atlantic City casinos for $ 1.1 million | criminality

Kristian Gonyea, for La Presse

Press staff reports

The gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Jack Ciattarelli, speaks at the New Jersey County Association’s annual meeting at Caesar’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on Thursday, October 14, 2021.

Five New York residents were charged with attempting to steal more than $ 1.1 million from five Atlantic City casinos in August, Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck said on Friday.

Bruck said the alleged thefts, which involved passing fraudulent checks at casinos, were part of a “sophisticated financial plan.” Three men and two women were charged, but only one was arrested.

The targets were Caesars Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, which each reported $ 284,000 in thefts, and Ocean Casino Resort and Golden Nugget Atlantic City, which each reported 134,000. $ bad checks.

An Atlantic County grand jury on Wednesday released an indictment of 11 counts alleging second-degree conspiracy and various counts of second-degree theft by deception and attempted theft by deception. The accused were:

Xiuhuan Zhang, 65, from Flushing

Qingtao Zhang, 53, from Flushing

Frank N. Tobolsky, 59, of Cherry Hill, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hil…

Shuai Liu, 30, from College Point

Peng Cai, 33, from Brooklyn

Qingtao Zhang was arrested on September 7 in Amsterdam under an arrest warrant. The remaining defendants are wanted, Bruck said in a press release.

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