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Man flushes $2.7 million fake casino chips down the toilet

By Mason White 11:03 AM January 26, 2014
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By: Ryan Lee Hall
A man was arrested and charged with rigging a public contest after he flushed millions of dollars in fake casino chips down a toilet, according to police reports in New Jersey.

Atlantic City Police said that they arrested Christian Lusardi, 42, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, after being accused of rigging a public contest. He was also charged with other crimes. Lusardi left his Harrah’s room for a motel room several block away after the toilet became clogged.

After the fake chips were discovered, the Borgata Winter Open was suspended.

Employees at the tournament found that $800,000 in fake chips had been used.

“This is the first time we’ve had anything like this happen in our 10 years in business, and this is the first time I’ve seen this in my 27 years in the industry,” Borgata Winter Open Senior Vice President Joe Lupo said.

Lusardi won $6,814 in the tournament, including a bonus of $2,000.