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Seductress in International Casino Scam Group is Up for Sentencing

8 February 2011 by admin

Go back a few years in your casino history and you might recall hearing about the bust of the Tran Organization, who was based out of San Diego. The Tran Organization was responsible for scamming and stealing from twenty eight brick and mortar casinos in the United States and Canada from 2002 to 2007. It was back in May of 2007 that they were finally busted.

So why is this news now? Well apparently she who was responsible for bringing the scammed casinos’ dealers over to the dark side has pleaded guilty to her part in the international scamming ring. Van Thu Tran was charged with conspiracy, being a member of an illegal enterprise and with stealing casino cash. Tran is not the only one being charged though. She is only one of nineteen that were arrested in the United States in May of 2007 who face those charges. There were another twenty five members of the Tran Organization who were arrested in Canada on similar charges.

Now if Tran is convicted she could face up to twenty years in jail on top of a $250,000 fine, forfeiture of assets and being forced to pay restitution to the casinos. When compared to the estimated $20 million that she helped steal over five years, it is a stiff price to pay. And I do not mean that in a bad way. While we all would like to see someone take the house’s money, we do not mean that in the sense of go rob a casino. We like it when a player wins, but wins honestly.

So why all the fuss over Tran and why has there not been a lot in the news about the other caught and charged members of the Tran Organization, who have all also been charged with conspiracy, being a member of an illegal enterprise and stealing casino cash? By the way the final number came to forty two arrested members spanning three generations. Now that is organized. Anyway. I think the fuss lies in the fact that she has been labeled a seductress. Tran was the one who would go into the targeted casino, which had been scouted and had their security all figured out, and then proceed to seduce a blackjack or baccarat dealer into cheating for them.

If she got the dealer to agree to help them cheat, the dealer would then be taken back to the Tran’s hotel room that served as their base of operations. The dealer was then taught a false shuffle that was created by Tran and her common law husband Phuong Quoc Truong. The false shuffle created slugs that allowed the cards to be tracked so that the members of the Tran Organization could increase their wagers on blackjack or baccarat when their card tracker told them they would win.

While Tran has been charged and knows what sort of sentence she is facing, her actual sentencing will not be handed down until April 11th.

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