States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|February 18, 2011||
TWO SOUTH KOREAN NATIONALS PLEAD GUILTY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that YOUNG SU GY, 60, and WOOKYUNG KIM, 34, both citizens of South Korea, each pleaded guilty today before Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and theft from a gambling establishment on Indian country. The charges stem from GY and KIM’s involvement in a conspiracy to defraud Foxwoods Resort Casino of several hundred thousand dollars.
According to court documents and statements made in court, GY and KIM entered the United States from South Korea and, once in the U.S., traveled to the Foxwoods Resort Casino. While at the casino, GY and KIM played a game called Macao-style midi baccarat. On multiple occasions between September 2010 and November 2010, when playing macao-style midi baccarat, GY used a “Holdout Device” to switch cards in and out to his advantage. GY, KIM and other members of the conspiracy placed wagers on the game knowing that GY had the ability to switch cards in and out depending on the value of the cards and the hand. As GY shuffled the cards, he used the Holdout Device in his sleeve to either deposit a card down or pick up a card to his advantage. While GY appeared to be shuffling the cards in his hand, KIM acted as a “Blocker,” making efforts to distract casino personnel from observing GY’s use of the Holdout Device.
After GY and KIM traded in their chips for U.S. currency, a portion of their winnings was wired to other members in the conspiracy in the South Korea. GY and KIM also carried a portion of their proceeds back with them to South Korea.
By using the Holdout Device, GY and KIM were able to win $1,000 or more from Foxwoods on multiple occasions. In pleading guilty GY and KIM admitted that, during the course of the conspiracy, they caused losses of between $400,000 and $1 million to Foxwoods.
U.S. Attorney Fein stated that the investigation is ongoing.
Judge Thompson has scheduled sentencing for May 9, 2011, at which time each defendant faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
GY and KIM have been detained since they were arrested on state charges on November 21, 2010. They were subsequently charged by federal criminal complaint.
This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), the Connecticut State Police Casino Unit, the State’s Attorney’s Office for the Judicial District of New London, the Mashantucket-Pequot Tribal Surveillance Department/Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Office of Fraud Detection and National Security, the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General, and the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony E. Kaplan.
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