Police: ID Scammers Targeted Casinos, Box Stores

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Police say suspects arrested at a Sparks casino in a suspected ID counterfeiting ring targeted Reno-area casinos and big box stores like Walmart and Sam's Club.

10 people arrested at John Ascuaga's Nugget on March 23 had checked into the Sparks casino 12 days earlier.

According to a police affidavit, authorities allege the group is connected to a Bay Area counterfeiting ring that made phony checks,
credit cards and identifications.

Police say they used their ill-gotten gains for gambling, drugs and shopping trips, and were traveling around the area in a black Infiniti stolen from California.

Court files also say police received a tip that some of the Nugget guests were leaving large trash bags for housekeeping that contained shredded checks and receipts.

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