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Ohio man enters guilty plea to check kiting at Rivers, other casinos

| Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

An Ohio man on Wednesday pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to charge of conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said.

Karim Abdullah Wiley, 40, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

Prosecutors said from May 2014 through February 2017, Wiley and others cashed counterfeit checks at gaming casinos along the east coast from Florida to New York, using false identification documents produced with the names of real persons to cash the counterfeit checks.

Some of those checks were cashed at the River’s Casino in Pittsburgh. Fraud losses total several hundred thousand dollars

Sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 4 at 11 a.m.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution.

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