Phua set to answer gambling ring charges

Malaysian businessman Paul Phua Wei-seng and his son Darren are due to appear in US federal court today (Tuesday) to answer charges that they operated an illegal gambling ring out of Caesars Palace villas in Las Vegas.

As reported on Friday by iGaming Business, it has emerged that Phua was arrested last month in Vegas after allegations emerged regarding his possible involvement in the illegal operation during football’s Fifa World Cup.

According to the Bloomberg news agency, federal prosecutors claim that Phua and his alleged associates – six of whom are set to be arraigned on August 7 – were using sports betting websites that are not licensed to operate in Nevada at the time of their arrest on July 7.

David Chesnoff, Phua’s lawyer, said that his client will plead not guilty “as loudly as possible” and added: “He intends to vigorously defend the case.”

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