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Ooops: Vegas Chip Counterfeiters Busted

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 25th July 2007 12:13pm
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A pair of chip counterfeits, who operated out of a Motel 6, have been busted by Nevada Gaming Control agents after $35k of $500 fakies started circulating at a Las Vegas Casino.

Evidently the chips in question (MGM Grand) are relatively easy to convert from $1 denomination to $500 denomination. It's actually quite surprising that this doesn't happen more often.

Less than two months after one accused casino chip counterfeiter gets out on bail, he's back behind bars... For the same crime he'd plead not guilty to just weeks earlier. Alan Zellhoefer with the Gaming Control Board says to the naked eye, if you add glitter on this one, that's pretty darn good. This is the tell... See that? That's a $1 chip under there. Converting a $1 investment into $100 and $500-dollar returns. This is a counterfeit $100 chip. It looks pretty good. This is legitimate. The only difference? Glitter... Which was in plentiful supply in Motel 6 room 246 when gaming control investigators served a search warrant two days ago, and discovered a computer, scanners, legitimate $100 chips, counterfeit $100 chips, counterfeit $500 chips, paints, airbrush materials, all the evidence that we had taken out of Mr. Morikawa's residence we found resurrected in that hotel room.

The bizarrely constructed paragraph above was brought to you by KVBC Las Vegas channel 3.



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