Borgata Chip Faker Jailed

Borgata Chip Faker Jailed

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The now infamous Borgata chip counterfeiter, Christian Lusardi, has been sentenced to five years in prison and slapped with a $1.1 million fine, but not for his antics at the Borgata Winter Poker Open.

The 43-year-old was suspected of causing problems during the poker event last year when he introduced more than two million extra chips into the event. After discovering the extra chips, the tournament's organisers were forced to cancel the event and Lusardi was apprehended a few days later after he was seen pouring chips into a toilet inside Harrah's AC.

The arrest led to a court appearance and after cutting a deal to waive the state charges relating to the chip incident, Lusardi was then charged with handling counterfeit DVDs. According to reports, customs agencies had been tracking Lusardi since 2012 and his arrest in Atlantic City was the ammunition they needed to move in.

In court Lusardi admitted to possessing more than 35,000 counterfeit DVDs and selling them. Taking this into account, plus the estimated $1.3 million Lusardi made from selling forged DVDs, the judge handed Lusardi a five-year sentence, plus a $1.1 million fine.

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