“Good work by California Department of Justice special agents and the California Attorney General’s Office in investigating this case and seeing it through conviction and sentencing.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona
SACRAMENTO – On March 30, 2022, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the convictions of Eric Nguyen and Khanh “Tina” Tran, who were charged in 2020 in connection with an alleged gambling scheme that resulted in the theft of more than $500,000 from the 580 Casino in Livermore, between 2015 and 2017.
The pair pleaded guilty to felony grand theft and, as a result of their convictions, they were sentenced to 240 days in jail, two years of supervised probation, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $507,600.
The husband and wife pled guilty to a scheme to cheat at the card game Baccarat while Tran was working as a dealer at the casino. As part of the scheme, Tran would peek at a sequence of cards after shuffling and would convey the sequence to Nguyen before she left the table. Nguyen would then begin to play at that same table and place significant wagers when he recognized the sequence of cards relayed by Tran. The pair were arrested on May 6, 2020 in Harris County, Texas, pursuant to California felony arrest warrants.
The investigation was conducted by special agents with the California Department of Justice’s Division of Law Enforcement.