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5 Fraudsters Went on $12K Spending Spree at a Casino with Stolen Identity

Five men have been charged with identity theft and other offenses after using 81 fraudulently obtained gift cards to go on a nearly $12,000 spending spree at the Borgata in Atlantic City earlier this year, authorities said Thursday.

Security at the hotel-casino learned of possible scam on June 13 and then notified Atlantic City police. Police announced the arrests on Thursday. William Newhart, 41, of Philadelphia obtained information about a Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania resident and opened a credit card in that man’s name, authorities said. Newhart then used the credit card to buy the gift cards at Borgata and hand them out to his accomplices.

The five then rang up $11,900 in charges at various eateries and shops in the Borgata, police said. All were charged with identity theft, credit card fraud, receiving stolen property and conspiracy…

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