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A woman charged with scamming dozens of people at an automated bank teller at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem will face trial in Northampton County Court, a district judge ruled this morning.
Authorities said Shoumin Chai, 56, of New York, has made a career of stealing at casinos across the country and has a 50-page criminal record and 13 felony convictions in New Jersey.
On June 19 and 20, police said Chai watched Sands patrons insert and quickly withdraw their cards at an automated teller machine. Police said Chai would pretend to help people withdraw their cash, but was secretly tapping into their bank accounts.
Only three of the 24 victims at the Sands have been identified and while investigators said the money Chai allegedly stole is around $1,000, the amount could be 10 times that if all the victims are identified.
Chai is charged with 47 felonies and 71 misdemeanors, including access device fraud, identity theft and receiving stolen property.
Chai remains in Northampton County Prison on $200,000 bail.
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