2 Men Allegedly Used Stolen ATM Cards To Win $25K At Slot Machines

RIVERSIDE (AP) — Prosecutors say two Orange County men used stolen ATM card numbers to rack up about $25,000 in slot machine jackpots at a Southern California casino.

Investigators say 32-year-old Hung Nguyen of Stanton and 28-year-old Eric Hoang of Garden Grove used stolen Visa debit card numbers to buy gift cards at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula. The gift credits were then transferred to players cards in the name of the defendants.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says Nguyen has been charged in Superior Court with grand theft, fraud and burglary and he will be arraigned April 28. Prosecutors have yet to file charges against Hoang.

Both men are also facing federal charges.

They were indicted last month for bank fraud, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft and related charges.

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  • Uh Oh

    They should give the winnings to the victims of the fraud.

  • Anthony Dao

    Deport the criminal! Save the tax payer. Winning money goes to the victim!

    • TLC

      where in the story does it say that the defendants were not American? how do you deport an American from America?

  • Jim Johnson

    ‘Villaraigosa is a…’ are you racist or just stupid? Probably both.

  • MGM

    I’d just like to know how they pull it off. I was at a local Casino and tried to cash a $100 check and they took my ID, credit card, fingerprints and signature before cashing it. Hah!

  • lorrainesgr45

    they should go and look for the people that were taken their identity and give then the winning cause of what this crooks did give the victims their money and more back

  • Nicolas Cruz

    Depot them and chip them to tract there speedy return to the Land of Milk and Honey!

  • Jonn

    The winnings should go to the victim and they should let the two Vietnamese men free. A win-win in my book.

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