Sunday, August 09, 2009

Another Inside Dealer Casino Cheat Busted! This Time It's Counterfeiting!

It seems dealers cheating their casinos is getting contagious across United States casinos. The latest case is a 26-year-old dealer at the Red Hawk Casino near Sacramento, California, who has been arrested for allegedly accepting counterfeit money knowing that the bills were fraudulent. Officials from the California Attorney General's office said the dealer, Chi Yang, and several accomplices defrauded the casino of about $3,000. Yang was booked on 10 counts of burglary, 10 counts of forgery, 10 counts of embezzlement and a conspiracy charge. That's a heck of a lot of charges, and conspiracy concerning counterfeiting is much more serious than casino cheating charges.

The investigation began back in late June when casino officials became suspicious when they discovered on a few occasions that a drop box from Yang's blackjack table contained counterfeit $100 bills. After reviewing the casino's reports and surveillance video footage, the bureau dispatched undercover agents to observe Chi Yang and his accomplices. Agents noticed Chi Yang would receive two to five counterfeit bills at a time, hoping to avoid detection. The investigation also involved the FBI. What about the Secret Service? I'm wondering.

If convicted of the counts, Yang could face at least five years in state prison. This is really dumb! Why take a risk in committing several federal crimes for such trivial amounts of money?