The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi owns and operates the FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan. Photo: FireKeepers Casino
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Nottawaseppi Huron Band helps investigate large bank fraud scheme at casino



Federal authorities announced charges against 19 people in connection with a bank fraud scheme at the casino owned by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.

According to the August 25 indictment, which was originally filed under seal, the defendants deposited fraudulent checks into accounts at the Bank of America. They then used debit cards to make withdrawals at the FireKeepers Casino, causing more than $200,000 in losses, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Western Michigan said.

"Law enforcement refers to this type of bank fraud scheme as 'Cracking Cards,'" the office said in a press release.

According to the press release, tribal police helped the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigate the scheme. It occurred around November through December of 2015.

Read More on the Story:
Feds: FireKeepers Casino used by suspects in bank fraud (The Battle Creek Enquirer August 25, 2017)
19 people indicted in $200,000 scheme against Bank of America (MLive.Com August 25, 2017)
FBI seeks help finding suspects in ‘Cracking Cards’ scheme (WOOD-TV August 25, 2017)
19 defendants face federal bank fraud charges in card scheme (WWMT August 25, 2017)