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4 convicted in widespread illegal gambling case in Orange County

Four of 19 defendants in an extensive illegal gambling case in Orange County were convicted Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Kim Ann Thi Lam, 53; Tony Trong Do, 58; and Ngoc Ai Lu, 37, each pleaded guilty to possession of an unlawful gaming device, according to a release from the Orange County district attorney’s office. Nina Trinh Dang, 42, pleaded guilty to possession of a slot machine.

The defendants, who are from Garden Grove, Yorba Linda and Westminster, were each sentenced to 18 months' probation, the release said. They were also ordered to destroy the machines and forfeit any of the money inside them.

The convictions are the result of an extensive investigation of illegal activities at Vietnamese cafes in Garden Grove, which The Times reported on this week.

Thirteen others charged in the case will be arraigned June 2. Those defendants could receive a maximum sentence of six months in jail, the release said.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of two additional co-defendants, Holly Nguyen and Vickie Nguyen.


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