Five New Yorkers Indicted In $1.1 Million Atlantic City Casino Check Scheme

Written By Mike Mazzeo on October 18, 2021
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Five New Yorkers allegedly attempted to swindle five Atlantic City casinos out of more than $1.1 million via fraudulent checks.

Xiuhuan Zhang, Quingtato Zhang, Shuai Liu, Peng Cai, and Sen Ge were indicted and charged with second-degree conspiracy and various counts of second-degree theft by deception and attempted theft by deception, according to New Jersey Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck.

The alleged amounts from each casino total $1,120,000.

  • Borgata: $284,000
  • Caesars: $284,000
  • Hard Rock: $284,000
  • Golden Nugget: $134,000
  • Ocean: $134,000

Details of alleged AC casino ploy

The alleged crimes took place across three days in late August, with the two women, Xiuhuan Zhang and Qingtao Zhang, presenting false checks. The three men–Lui, Cai and Ge–allegedly assisted them.

At all five casinos, Xiuhuan Zhang allegedly presented a fraudulent TD Bank check for $150,000 to obtain gaming chips. Quingtao Zhang allegedly presented a fraudulent Bank of America check for $134,000 each time.

Hard Rock denied Xiuhuan Zhang’s $150,000 check, while Golden Nugget said she could only receive incremental amounts from the account.

Chasing down the suspects

Authorities detained Qingtao Zhang in Amsterdam via warrant on Sept. 7, 2021. There are active arrest warrants out for the other perpetrators at the time of writing.

Second-degree charges carry a sentence of 5-10 years in state prison, and a criminal fine of up to $150,000.

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Mike Mazzeo is the Lead Writer for PlayNY, arriving after covering several of New York's professional sports teams in a variety of roles for the past decade. Previously, he served as a beat writer and columnist covering the Brooklyn Nets (ESPN) and New York Yankees (New York Daily News). Mike also covered both the MLB and NBA nationally for Yahoo Sports. In addition, he served as a general assignment reporter for ESPN He has also had bylines in the New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Forbes and The Ringer. With PlayNY, Mike brings extensive coverage and unique story angles to what is projected to be one of the biggest and most lucrative online sports betting markets in the country. It's been an arduous and confounding process to get here, but 20 million New Yorkers (many of them die-hards) are now legally able to bet on their favorite sports teams across the state via online and mobile platforms.

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