Casino Cheater Sentenced For Conspiracy, Other Charges

March 16th, 2010 – by Glen Farmer

The leader of the so called “Tran Organization” has been sentenced this week over crimes committed in over twenty casinos around the United States. Phuong Quoc Truong was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his involvement in the scheme that had resulted in millions of dollars worth of winnings.

In addition to the 70 months imprisonment, Truong would also be forced to three years of supervised release. A court order also forced Truong to forfeit $2,791,146, as well as pay an additional $5,753,416 in restitution to several of the casinos found cheated in the scam. Various assets had also been forfeited, including several homes and properties in the United States and Vietnam, a 2001 Porsche, and assorted jewelry.

The charges Truong and several of his co-conspirators faced included conspiracy to participate in the affairs of a racketeering enterprise, one count of conspiracy to commit several offenses against the United States, conspiracy to steal money and other property from tribal gaming casinos, and conspiracy to launder money. Truong had plead guilty to conspiracy to participate in the affairs of a racketeering enterprise, after accepting a plea agreement.

According to records, the defendants and others had used such cheating methods as false shuffles during blackjack and baccarat games. Using such methods allowed the cheats to operate with bribed dealers to thousands of dollars during the games. Hidden transmitters and other technological devices had been used to aid the players in their malfeasance.

Thirty-seven defendants have pleaded guilty to the casino cheating conspiracy, and a total of at least twenty casinos had been targeted. Though predominantly Californian casinos, casinos from Mississippi, Louisiana, Indiana, Washington, Nevada, and Connecticut had suffered at the hands of the “Tran Organization.”

The problem of cheating has been high in recent times, as well as other assorted casino crimes – typically robberies. The best USA casinos do not suffer from similar problems. Security and integrity are main points to each online casino, and steps are taken to prevent any form of trouble from arising.

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