Thursday, August 13, 2015

Man flushed $2.7 million poker chips down a toilet in his hotel room


New Jersey – A North Carolina man pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges he brought counterfeit chips to an Atlantic City, New Jersey poker tournament in a scheme discovered after he flushed $2.7 million of the chips down a toilet in his hotel room.

Christian Lusardi, 43, of Fayetteville, could face five years in prison at his Oct. 22 sentencing after pleading guilty to trademark counterfeiting and criminal mischief before New Jersey Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury in Atlantic County, authorities said.

The chips were discovered on Jan. 16, 2014, two days after the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City began hosting its “Winter Poker Open,” where Lusardi was a participant and where $800,000 of fake chips with a bogus Borgata trademark had been used. More

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