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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
Three men pleaded guilty to using counterfeit credit cards to fraudulently obtain funds from Louisiana casinos totaling over $100,000, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley.
Finley said Shanji Jin, 38, of Chicago, Ill., Hong Xi, 63, of Flushing, N.Y., and Yuan Chunshan, aka, "Guang Li", 43, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty Feb. 27 before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi.
According to court documents, authorities arrested Jin, Xi and Chunshan on Nov. 24, 2012, at the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder for using the counterfeit cards to get cash advances.
Finley said the counterfeit cards had the defendants' names on them, but the numbers could not be matched to any of the three men's accounts with the financial institutions alleged to have issued the credit cards.
Finley said they are also responsible for using the cards at L'Auberge Casino in Lake Charles, El Dorado Casino in Shreveport and the Horseshoe Casino in Shreveport.
The investigation reportedly revealed that Jin took $41,934.55; Xi took $42,394.26; and Li took $19,296.
Finley said the defendants face up to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to use unauthorized access devices and a $250,000 fine.
Sentencing will take place at a later date.
The U.S. Secret Service-Baton Rouge Agency and the Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard Parker is prosecuting the case.