This week a man who flushed fraudulent poker chips down a toilet at Harrah's Atlantic City plead guilty to counterfeiting and criminal mischief in New Jersey Superior Court this week.
Christian Lusardi pled guilty to the crime this week after he brought in $2.7 million worth of bogus Borgata chips into a poker tournament. The scheme was uncovered by casino staff two days into the tournament, and the defendant retreated to his room at Harrah's Casino Hotel, where he then tried to flush 500 chips down the toilet.
The attempt to get rid of the evidence ended up causing a clog in Harrah's plumbing, causing a sewage backup in two other rooms and the cancellation of the tournament by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
Lusardi faces a jail sentence as well as having to pay $9,455 in plumber fees to Harrah's, as well as $463,540 in lost tournament revenues to Borgata.
Commenting on case the New Jersey State Police said, "When you gamble on a flush in high-stakes poker, you either win big or lose big. Lusardi lost big."