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Leader Of Card Cheats Pleads Guilty

SAN DIEGO (CN) - The leader of a gang of card cheats pleaded guilty to conspiring to cheat 16 casinos across the country of millions of dollars, federal prosecutors said. Phuong Quoc Truong and 13 others were charged with bribing dealers to do false shuffles at baccarat and blackjack games, and making thousands of dollars - $868,000 in one night - from betting on the order of the unshuffled cards.

The ring also is accused of using "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 appear," prosecutors said.

Truong, who pleaded guilty to three felony charges, will forfeit $2.8 million and his share of two homes near San Diego, two properties in Vietnam, a Porsche and a Rolex watch. Six of his cohorts already have pleaded guilty. Truong will be sentenced on Sept. 15.

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