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Tareq and Michaele Salahi: From White House Party Crashers to Check Bouncers?

58035745780962ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBS/AP) While Tareq and Michaele Salahi are perhaps the world's most famous party crashers, a new lawsuit alleges that the clueless couple bounced a nearly $24,000 check for liquor purchased for a charity polo event they held in May.

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Photo: The Salahis with President Obama.

According to Maryland court documents, the couple returned more than $10,000 worth of the intoxicating merchandise, but the gate crashers still owe more than $13,000.

Photo: The Salahis look resplendent on their way into White House state dinner.

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The Montgomery County government, which conducts all the wholesale liquor sales on its territory, filed a lawsuit last Thursday Dec. 3 in Montgomery County District Court. Virginia regulators have said they are investigating the Salahis' fundraising practices.

The Salahis have been trying to land a part on a Bravo reality show, "The Real Housewives of D.C.," and were filmed by the TV show around town as they prepared for the White House dinner honoring the visiting Indian prime minister.

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In other news on the case, Tareq Salahi has been forced to give up an expensive watch to pay a debt in a separate incident, according to the Associated Press.

Salahi owed $2,000 to a landscaper and was forced to give up the Patek Phillipe watch he was wearing. A judge in Virginia ordered it held until lawyers can figure out how to sell it.

A spokesman for Dewey & LeBoeuf, a law firm that represents the couple, declined to comment.

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