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No Felony Charge, Just Demotion For Nuke Chief Accused Of Counterfeiting Casino Chips

Vice Adm. Tim Giardina Gets Reassigned After Allegations In Iowa


The U.S. nuclear weapons commander who was accused of using phony casino chips in a poker game at a casino in Iowa reportedly was demoted this week by the federal government.

The state of Iowa decided earlier not to pursue any criminal charges against 57-year-old Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, even though passing at least $1,500 worth of counterfeit chips, which is what he allegedly did, is considered a serious crime in the state.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Giardina has been reassigned from his position as deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command. He will move over to duties at the Pentagon.

He lost his three-star ranking, as well.

The alleged incident happened at Horseshoe Council Bluffs casino in June.

An Iowa official defended the move not to prosecute over the case:

“Considering Adm. Giardina’s lack of criminal history as well as his career in the military, we concluded there wasn’t any chance of him receiving anything other than deferred judgment,” Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber told the World-Herald.

“We chose to let (the Defense Department) handle it.”

Thanks to the recent reassignment, the entire case appears to be closed.

Located at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. Strategic Command is one of nine unified commands in the Department of Defense.

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