Casino Swindler Faces Jail
By staff
A Michigan man appeared in court on Thursday in Detroit for allegedly trying to con a casino of more than $1 million. Nikolle Tomaj’s a bogus scratch and win ticket presented at the MotorCity Casino. Investigators said that on April 18, Tomaj, tried to claim a $1 million prize. But before paying the money, the casino sent the ticket to an independent testing laboratory for verification. The tests showed the ticket had been altered to make it appear to be a winning ticket.

The alterations were later confirmed through microscopic testing by the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division.

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Nikolle Tomaj was arraigned on four felony counts and released under $50,000 recognizance bond pending a preliminary hearing November 4. If convicted he faces maximum sentence of fifteen years in prison and a $3 million fine on each count, as well as a lifetime ban from Michigan casinos.

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