HANOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- Maryland State Police say they charged a couple and are seeking two others in connection with use of fraudulent casino chips at Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover last month.
Wife and husband Rosa A. Nguyen and Vuong Q. Truong of Annandale, Va. were charged, according to police. Nguyen is charged with one count of theft between $1,000 and $10,000, and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft between $1,000 and $10,000. Truong is charged with four counts of committing a theft scheme and one count of conspiracy to commit theft. Both have signed summonses indicating their consent to appear in court, say police.
Officials at the casino had reported on January 20th that four people had passed counterfeit $100 poker chips on two occasions, according to police. Maryland State Police, the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, the Virginia State Police, and Homeland Security Investigations investigated the incident. Virginia State Police served warrants on February 19.
According to police, Rosa Nguyen allegedly went online and bought $150,000 worth of counterfeit casino chips for $12,000. The chips were then altered to appear similar to Maryland Live! Casino chips. Police then say they found that one suspect had dumped some of the counterfeit chips in Lake Accotink, in Springfield, not far from the suspects' home. Investigators spotted some of the chips floating in the lake and were able to recover about $115,000 worth of the chips.
Police are now looking for a boyfriend and girlfriend who are also from Northern Virginia. Police say they obtained $1 chips from a West Virginia casino and altered them to appear as $100 chips from Maryland Live!