Five Atlantic City Casinos have been hit with a fake cheque scam, costing them $1.12 million.
New Jersey Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced that five New York-based individuals have been indicted for the scam following an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau and the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau.
Xiuhuan Zhang, 65
Qingtao Zhang, 53
Shuai Liu, 30
Peng Cai, 33
Sen Ge, 29
One Suspect Busted – Manhunt Underway for Four More
As of today, only Qingtao Zhang has been apprehended, while the other four suspects remain on the run. Zhang was picked up in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and is expected to be extradited to the US in due course.
Caesars Hotel and Casino, Borgata Hotel and Casino, and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino were all defrauded to the sum of $284,000, while Ocean Casino Resort and Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino lost $134,000.
Acting Attorney General Bruck said:
“The defendants were caught executing a sophisticated financial scheme spanning multiple casinos and over a million dollars in fraudulent cheques. This case is just one example of the excellent work—in this instance across international borders—performed by the members of the New Jersey State Police and Division of Criminal Justice who are assigned to investigate and prosecute crimes in the casinos.”
Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police added:
“The arrest of Qingtao Zhang in the Netherlands illustrates the premier working relationship the New Jersey State Police has around the world and our willingness to ensure distance will never become an obstacle when it comes to justice. This was great work by all involved.”
If found guilty of second-degree conspiracy, second-degree theft by deception and second-degree attempted 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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