Trial delayed pending FBI ruse ruling in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trial has been postponed pending a federal judge’s ruling on whether the FBI improperly entered Las Vegas Strip hotel suites without a warrant before arresting and accusing a Malaysian businessman and his son of illegal Internet gambling.
Court records show a Jan. 12 trial date was vacated Monday for Wei Seng “Paul” Phua and his son, Darren Wai Kit Phua. No new date was immediately set.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen said Dec. 18 she’ll rule soon on whether undercover state and federal agents violated the Phuas’ rights.
Agents disconnected Internet service and then posed as repairmen to get inside several Caesars Palace villas.
Prosecutors say the Phuas handled illegal bets on FIFA World Cup soccer tournament games last summer. Defense attorneys want evidence against the Phuas thrown out.