Former US Navy Officer Denies Making Fake Chips

Former US Navy Officer Denies Making Fake Chips

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A former Rear Admiral in the US navy has denied turning $1 poker chips into tokens worth $500, according to an article in The Guardian.

Timothy M Giardina is accused of creating and using counterfeit poker chips at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, back in 2013. The ex-military man reportedly painted three $1 chips in order to pass them off as $500 ones; something which he denies.

Soon after the allegations came to light, Giardina claimed he was given the chips by a man in the casino's toilet. However, after being sacked from his position in the Navy, he later claimed this was untrue. According to a statement seen by the Associated Press, Giardina said he should have either "told the truth or remained silent."

However, despite not explaining how he came to be in possession of the chips or why he slipped them into a live game, Giardina refutes the allegations that he tried to cheat.

“I do not believe I was singled out to find them, but believe that I was a patsy for someone who wanted the chips to be found."

Image courtesy of AP.

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