Casino News: Charged with plot to defraud tribal casinos

Charged with plot to defraud tribal casinos

 September 14, 2008, 9:37 am (10 years ago)
11 defendants charged with plot to defraud 12 tribal casinos throughout the country were accused by a federal grand jury in San Diego, California this week as said by federal government website postings.
Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Matthew Friedrich and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Karen P. Hewitt revealed the condemnation, naming: Bryan Arce; Don Man Duong; Hogan Ho; Thang Viet Huynh; Outtama Keovongsa; Leap Kong, a/k/a "Lanida Kong;" Qua Le; Khunsela Prom, a/k/a "Danny Prom;" James Root; Darrell Saicocie; and Dan Thich each with one count of plot to carry out numerous offences in opposition to the United States, such as scheme to steal money and other possessions from Indian tribal casinos, and plot to travel in interstate and foreign commerce in support of fraudster.

As indicated by the condemnation, from around March 2002 through July 2007 the defendants and co-plotters are assumed to have organized and took part in a conspiracy, described in the condemnation as the "Tran Organization," to defraud at gambling in casinos throughout the United States. The condemnation lists twelve casinos that were supposedly aimed by associates of the plot, such as 5 casinos that are managed and operated by Indian tribes.

As indicated by the condemnation, the defendants and others carried out a "false shuffle" deceitful plot at some of the listed casinos throughout blackjack and mini-baccarat games. The condemnation claims that associates of the illegal organization bribed casino card dealers and managers to execute false shuffles throughout card games, thus producing "slugs" of un-shuffled cards.

Following the tracking of the arrangement of cards dealt in a card game, an associate of the organization send sign to the card dealer to execute a "fake shuffle," and then associate s of the group would bet on the known arrangement of cards when the slug shoen on the table. By this action, the condemnation claims that associates of the plot frequently won thousands of dollars throughout card games.

It is as well assumed that associates of the organization utilized complicated system for following the arrangement of cards throughout games, such as concealed spreader apparatus and especially produced software that would forecast the order in which cards would reappear throughout baccarat and blackjack games.

When convicted on the conspiracy charge, defendants would have to deal with a max of 5 year prison sentence.
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