Casino Cheats Sentenced
By Linda
Three of the 17 people charged in a cheating ring that stole millions of dollars from Las Vegas casinos have been sentenced to federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt on Friday also ordered Liang Tung Chan, Jie Bo Wu and Jun Huai Ma to pay more than $3.3 million in restitution.

The three men were convicted of felony racketeering conspiracy will each spend between four and 18 months in a federal penitentiary.

Prosecutors said the three men belonged to an organization that won millions in baccarat and blackjack games by crimping and marking playing cards.

The defendants are accused of cheating at Harrah's, New York-New York, the Riviera and the MGM Grand hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as well as the off-Strip Rio and Gold Coast resorts.

They are also accused of grifting casinos in Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City and Canada.

Eight other defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Four others are fugitives.

Another died and the final defendant has been convicted of attempted murder in Canada.

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