Officer demoted for using counterfeit poker chips

Oct 14, 2013 7:06 PM

Vice Admiral Tim Giardina, the deputy commander of the U.S. nuclear forces who allegedly used counterfeit chips while playing poker at an Iowa casino, has been fired from his job. He also was demoted, losing one of his three stars.

According to a newspaper report, Giardina was found to be playing poker with $1,500 in counterfeit chips at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the river from his base in Omaha, Nebraska.

In recognition of his military service, the casino and county officials elected not to prosecute Giardina but referred the matter to naval officials.

The Navy announced that by being removed from his post he automatically was demoted. The announcement said he was being re-assigned pending further investigations.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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