HANOVER, Md. - A Virginia couple faces several theft charges for allegedly passing fake casino chips at the Maryland Live!casino in Hanover, then discarding extra ones in a Springfield, Va. lake.
Maryland state police charged Rosa A. Nguyen, 36, and her husband, Vuong Q. Truong, 37, both of Annandale, Va. 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 were served with criminal summonses last week.
The investigation began on Jan. 20, when the state police’s Criminal Enforcement Division investigators were called to the casino at Arundel Mills Mall for a report of counterfeit poker chips being used in the casino.
Casino officials told police they had descriptions of four suspects who had passed counterfeit $100 poker chips in two unrelated incidents.
Police allege Nguyen purchased $150,000 worth of counterfeit casino chips online for $12,000. The chips were altered to appear similar to Maryland Live! casino chips.
Investigators found about $115,000 worth of unused counterfeit chips tossed in Lake Accotink, near where the couple lives.
Police are looking for another couple, also from northern Virginia, in the second case. Investigators believe the man and woman got $1 chips from a West Virginia casino and altered them to appear as $100 chips from Maryland Live!