Cheating poker player caught after clogging hotel’s toilet with over $2 million casino chipsBy Mason White 10:25 AM August 14, 2015
By: Mahesh Sarin
A man was arrested after he clogged a hotel toilet with casino chips.
Christian Lusardi, 43, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, admitted that he brought millions of dollars in counterfeit chips to use in a tournament at a casino.
The scheme was discovered when he flushed the chips down the toilet in an attempt to hide it when he thought that his actions were uncovered.
Lusardi pleaded guilty to trademark counterfeiting and criminal mischief. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Lusardi will be sentenced to five years in prison.
Police said that Lusardi flushed the chips down the toilet in his room at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he had been staying.
The chips clogged pipes of the toilet and guests in the rooms below him complained that water was leaking into their rooms.
Maintenance was called, and the chips were found.
An additional 22 chips worth $5,000 was found in a clogged toilet in the Borgata the next day. A total of $2.7 million in tournament chips were found, even though they had no real cash value.
Lusardi was ordered to pay the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa $463,540 for lost income because the tournament was canceled after the fake chips were discovered.
He will also have to pay the Harrah’s Resort $9,455 for damaging the pipes.