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Stolen ATM cards were used to win $25,000 in jackpots

May 23, 2011 |  9:37 am

Pechanga Two Orange County men facing multiple fraud and theft charges allegedly used stolen debit cards to finance a gambling spree at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula. 

Hung Nguyen, 32, of Stanton, and Eric Hoang, 28, of Garden Grove, used the stolen debit numbers to buy gift cards at Pechanga and then transferred the dollars to player's cards, authorities told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

It's not clear how much the pair gambled away, but they racked up $25,000 in jackpot winnings over several days in February, according to police warrants reported by the newspaper.

Both men also face federal charges that they stole $400,000 in separate Chase Bank debit card scams dating back to last summer in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties, prosecutors said.

Riverside County officers arrested Nguyen in early March; Hoang was arrested by federal authorities. Both men have pleaded not guilty in their respective cases.


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Photo: Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula in 2007. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times