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Four sentenced in casino cheating scam

15 July 2009

TACOMA, Washington -- As reported by The News Tribune: "Four men who took part in a massive scheme to cheat casinos across the United States and Canada – including Tacoma's Emerald Queen – were sentenced Monday to federal prison, the U.S. Department of Justice reported.

"George Michael Lee, Duc Cong Nguyen, Hop Nguyen and Tien Duc Vu received sentences ranging from three years in prison to a year's probation, the agency said in a press release.

"The men are among nearly 30 people who've pleaded guilty to various crimes in the scheme, which targeted 25 casinos from California to Connecticut.

"Federal prosecutors say the defendants concocted a system of card-counting, signaling and strategic betting to illegally make off with as much as $2.5 million..."

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