Maryland Live! Casino Uncovers Counterfeit Chip Passing Scheme

Authorities fished out $100,000 in fake chips from a lake.

On the heels of the Borgata “chipgate” snafu, here’s another story of a casino dealing with counterfeit chips in the mix. According to D.C. Crime Stories, a married couple is accused of passing thousands of dollars in fake chips at the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover.

The story goes that Rosa A. Nguyen and her husband, Vuong Q. Truong purchased $150,000 worth of fake chips off the internet for $12,000 real money and then altered those chips to look like they belong from the Maryland Live! Casino. They reportedly, along with another couple, passed $100 chips on a couple of occasions, which alerted authorities.

In an effort to dispose of the evidence, it appears they took the unused chips and dumped them in a lake near their own home but… “Fortunately for police, the chips floated,” said a Maryland State Police spokesman.

The cops recovered $115k in fake chips and now the couple is charged with a theft of the amount between $1,000 and $10,000 as well as conspiracy to commit more.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) helpline at 1-888-532-3500
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