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A husband and wife admitted to cheating Parkwest Casino 580 in Livermore through an extensive baccarat cheating scheme spanning several years, according to prosecutors who announced the plea deal last week.

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Eric Dat Nguyen, 40, and Khanh “Tina” Tran, 34, pleaded guilty to grand larceny and were sentenced to eight months in prison, two years of supervised probation and a $507,600 restitution bill, California Attorney General Rob Bonta said on 30

“Breaking the law is never the way to move forward,” Bonta said in a statement. “We will not tolerate criminal activity in our state. Today’s announcement holds Nguyen and Tran accountable and sends a message that cheating will not work in California.”

At the time of the couple’s 2020 arrests on 10 felonies plus special charges, prosecutors said they conspired to steal nearly $4 million from the casino where they both used to work. But last week after the convictions, Bonta pointed to the gambling scheme that led to the theft of over $500,000.

The criminal complaint alleges that Nguyen and Tran cheated at EZ Baccarat with Panda 8 Rules in 2015 and 2016 while she was a card dealer and he was playing at the casino on North Canyons Parkway. Nguyen previously worked at Parkwest Casino 580.

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