Biggest casino theft in United States history

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

In September,  11 members of a gang were indicted by the federal grand jury in San Diego for an alleged conspiracy to cheat 12 casinos across the country. The defendants were known as the ‘Tran Organization’ and operated between 2002 and 2007.

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According to reports they were said to be allegedly using a ‘false shuffling’ cheating scheme at blackjack and mini-baccarat games in various casinos. They were said to have bribed card dealers and supervisors to perform false shuffles, creating ‘slugs’ of unshuffled cards.

The indictment also alleges that members of the organization used sophisticated mechanisms for tracking the order of cards during games, including hidden transmitter devices and specially created software that would predict the order in which cards would reappear during baccarat and blackjack games.

If convicted on the conspiracy charge, defendants face a maximum five year prison sentence.

An indictment is merely an allegation.  Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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