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Vietnamese Gambling Ring Out of San Diego on America’s Most Wanted List

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Jan/30/2011
Vietnamese Gambling Ring San Diego

A Vietnamese-American gambling ring is accused of cheating 29 casinos throughout the US out of close to $7 million.  The group was profiled on a local San Diego news station Saturday night and is listed on the regional America’s Most Wanted bulletin.

Last week, female ring leader, Van Thu Tran, 45, plead guilty to racketeering charges. 

Tran faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, along with forfeiture of any profits from the scheme.

The scheme reportedly included bribing dealers and supervisors to do false shuffles" during blackjack and mini-baccarat games.

42 defendants have plead guilty to charges relating to the casino-cheating conspiracy, including: Van Thu Tran, Phuong Quoc Truong, Tai Khiem Tran, Anh Phuong Tran, Phat Ngoc Tran, Martin Lee Aronson, Liem Thanh Lam, George Michael Lee, Tien Duc Vu, Son Hong Johnson, Barry Wellford, John Tran, Willy Tran, Tuan Mong Le, Duc Cong Nguyen, Han Truong Nguyen, Roderick Vang Thor, Sisouvanh Mounlasy, Navin Nith, Renee Cuc Quang, Ui Suk Weller, Phally Ly, Khunsela Prom, Hop Nguyen, Hogan Ho, Darrell Saicocie, Bryan Arce, Qua Le, Outtama Keovongsa, Leap Kong, Thang Viet Huynh, Don Man Duong, Dan Thich, Jimmy Ha, Eric Isbell, Brandon Pete Landry, James Root, Jesus Rodriguez, Jason Cavin, Nedra Fay Landry, Connie Holmes, and Geraldo Montaz. These defendants admitted to targeting, with the aid of co-conspirators, a combined total of approximately 29 casinos in the United States and Canada during the course of the conspiracy, including:

 

   1. Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Miss.;

   2. Casino Rama, in Orillia, Ontario, Canada;

   3. Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn.;

   4. Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, Miss.;

   5. Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, La.;

   6. Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Tunica;

   7. Isle of Capri Casino in Westlake, La.;

   8. Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Ind.;

   9. Mohegan Sun Resort Casino in Uncasville, Conn.;

  10. Palace Station Casino in Las Vegas;

  11. Resorts East Chicago Hotel and Casino in East Chicago, Ind.;

  12. Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, Calif.;

  13. Cache Creek Indian Bingo and Casino in Brooks, Calif.;

  14. Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.;

  15. Imperial Palace Casino in Biloxi, Miss.;

  16. Argosy Casino in Baton Rouge, La.;

  17. Trump 29 Casino in Coachella, Calif.;

  18. Isle of Capri Casino in Bossier City.;

  19. Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif.;

  20. Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs, Calif.;

  21. Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif.;

  22. L'Auberge du Lac Casino in Lake Charles, La.;

  23. Nooksack River Casino in Deming, Wash.;

  24. Barona Valley Ranch Casino and Resort in Lakeside, Calif.;

  25. Caesars Indiana Hotel and Casino in Elizabeth, Ind.;

  26. Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas;

  27. Harrah’s Casino in Lake Charles;

  28. Golden Moon Casino in Choctaw, Miss.; and

  29. Viejas Casino in Alpine, Calif.

- Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

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