Plea deals for 5 expected in Internet gambling case stemming from FBI raid at Caesars Palace

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Five defendants are poised to take plea deals in a federal Internet gambling case in Nevada that stemmed from a disputed FBI raid last summer at high-roller suites at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.

Hearings are scheduled next week in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas for the five to plead guilty to charges that defence attorney Chris Rasmussen says would get each probation and let them leave the U.S. to return to homes in Malaysia and China.

Rasmussen says charges would be dropped against a sixth defendant.

That will leave Wei Seng “Paul” Phua and his son, Darren Wai Kit Phua, to face trial on charges including operating an illegal gambling business during the World Cup soccer tournament.

Their attorney David Chesnoff says they’re prepared to fight.