Friday, July 4, 2008

Man Charged In Tribal Casino Scam

Feather News

One of 14 members charged with conspiracy to steal money and other property from Indian tribal casinos pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise. The 'Tran Organization' bilked both Foxwoods, the Mohegan Sun and other casinos out of millions of dollars over a three-year period, according to the plea agreement.

Son Hong Johnson admitted that on numerous occasions between approximately March 2003 and July 2006, he participated with other alleged members of the Tran Organization to cheat casinos. In addition to the Mohegan Sun, other targets were the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Mashantucket Pequot's Foxwoods casino, Resorts East Chicago Hotel and Casino in East Chicago and Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Tunica, Miss.

Johnson admitted that he and others obtained up to $7 million by cheating the casinos.

According to the indictment, the defendants bribed card dealers and supervisors at casinos to perform false shuffles during blackjack and mini-baccarat games. These "false shuffles" would result in groups of cards not being shuffled and when this section was dealt to the players, the defendants would bet on the known order of the cards.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced in December.