Virginia Couple Charged with Using Counterfeit Chips
A couple from Virginia is facing numerous charges of theft for using fake casino chips at the Maryland Live! casino in Hanover. A number of extra chips were found dumped in Lake Accotink near the couple’s home.
Rosa A. Nguyen, 36, and her husband Vuong Q. Truong, 37, were charged by Maryland state police this week. Nguyen is charged with one count of theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft between $1,000 and $10,000. Her husband has been charged with four counts of committing a theft scheme and one count of conspiracy to commit theft.
The investigation began when the casino called the state police’s Criminal Enforcement Division investigators and reported the use of counterfeit poker chips at the casino. Officials from the casino described four people who had used fake $100 poker chips in two incidents.
According to the police Nguyen bought $150,000 worth of counterfeit casino chips online for $12,000. The chips were then altered so that they appeared similar to Maryland Live! chips.
Police are also looking for another couple whom they believe took $1 chips from a West Virginia casino and altered them so that they looked like $100 chips from Maryland Live!