Man Gets 2 Years in IL Casino Fraud Case

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A 59-year-old Chinese national has been sentenced to two years in prison for bilking more than $50,000 from Illinois casinos.

The Daily Herald reports federal prosecutors charged Xueliang Li with 11 felonies in March. The charges included wire fraud, identity theft, defrauding a financial institution and use of a forged credit card.

Li pleaded guilty in exchange for the dismissal of more serious charges.

Assistant Illinois Attorney General Jill Kolinski says Li stole $50,480 from casinos in Kane, Will and Tazewell counties in March 2013. She says he visited the casinos multiple times and used fraudulent credit cards to buy $3,000 “comp checks,” which he later cashed.

Li’s 2-year sentence could be cut in half for good behavior while in prison. Kolinski says he could be deported upon release.

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