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San Diego Card Cheater Admits To $1M Casino Scam

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities in San Diego say a member of a sophisticated card-cheating ring has pleaded guilty to defrauding casinos in California and Canada of some $1 million by bribing card dealers and using card-counting devices.

The U.S. attorney's office says Tai Khiem Tran admitted Friday to conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise with 13 mothers based in San Diego.

Prosecutors say between 2002 and 2005, Tran and the others used a "false shuffle" scheme to cheat at blackjack and baccarat. They also employed hidden transmitter devices and specially created software that would predict the order in which cards would reappear during mini-baccarat and blackjack games.

Tran could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison.

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