Five New Yorkers accused of using fake checks at Atlantic City casinos

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ATLANTIC CITY – Five New York City residents are accused of stealing more than $ 1.1 million from casinos here through a forged check.

The suspects allegedly exchanged fake bank checks for gambling chips at five casinos between August 26 and 28, the attorney general’s office said.

Three of the casinos – Borgata, Caesars and Ocean – have each lost $ 284,000 because of the program, the agency said in a statement Thursday.

Golden Nugget and Hard Rock casinos lost $ 134,000 each.

“The defendants were caught executing a sophisticated financial scheme covering several casinos and more than a million dollars in fraudulent checks,” Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck said Thursday, announcing the charges in the case.

The suspects allegedly presented each casino with two fake checks, one for $ 150,000 and another for $ 134,000, the statement said. The checks appeared to be from TD Bank and Bank of America.

Hard Rock’s loss was smaller because he turned down a check for $ 150,000. Golden Nugget reduced her exposure by telling a suspect that she could only receive additional amounts on a check for $ 134,000.

A suspect, Qingtao Zhang, 53, was arrested earlier this month in Amsterdam.

Investigators are still looking for Xiuhuan Zhang, 65; Shuai Liu, 30 years old; Peng Cai, 33; and Sen Ge, 29 years old.

Others are under investigation, the prosecutor’s office said.

An indictment charges the suspects with conspiracy, theft by deception and attempted theft by deception.

The charges are just allegations. No one has been convicted in this case.

Jim Walsh covers public safety, economic development, and other topics for the Courier-Post, the Burlington County Times, and the Daily Journal.

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