Chinese Nationals With Alleged Mafia Ties Get Arrested for World Cup Betting Ring in Las Vegas

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Remember the crew that had their $645 million World Cup gambling ring busted in Macau last month? They allegedly took their talents to Las Vegas. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the FBI arrested eight Chinese nationals, including poker player Paul Phua, who authorities say set up shop at Caesars Palace and took wagers on the soccer tournament. Per the report:

In a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, Las Vegas FBI Agent Minh Pham said Phua, who was charged under the name Wei Seng Phua, was “known by law enforcement to be a high-ranking member of the 14K Triad,” one of the largest criminal syndicates in the world. Hong Kong-based 14K Triad specializes in drug trafficking and traditional forms of criminal activity, including illegal gambling and loan sharking.

Phua was also reportedly among those arrested in Macau; if the allegations are true, and even if they’re not, this would be a tremendous plot basis for Rush Hour 4.

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[Via Las Vegas Review Journal; H/T David Purdum]

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