Federal Judge to Decide Fate of Poker Pro Paul Phua in FBI Ruse Case

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Federal Judge to Decide Fate of Poker Pro Paul Phua in FBI Ruse Case

LAS VEGAS (Associated Press) -- A federal judge in Las Vegas could decide the fate of an illegal gambling case against a wealthy Malaysian businessman who says the FBI violated his rights by posing as Internet repairmen to get into his hotel room during the FIFA World Cup last summer.

Defense attorneys for Wei Seng "Paul" Phua want U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon on Monday to accept a magistrate judge's recommendation to throw out evidence obtained by deceiving a judge who issued a search warrant.

Federal prosecutors want Gordon to accept the evidence seized in July from suites at Caesars Palace and let the case proceed.

Phua is the only remaining defendant among eight people arrested in the case.

Six pleaded guilty to lesser charges, forfeited large amounts of money and returned to Asia.

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