A former casino dealer at a Maryland gambling facility has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. He was found guilty of defrauding casinos to the tune of $1 million.
Ming Zhang, 32, of Alexandria, Virginia, was involved in cheating the casino of 41 million in 2017, and it was only on Wednesday that he was sentenced to serve 18 months and also be under three years of supervised release for conspiracy to transport stolen funds.
In his plea agreement, Zhang said that he worked as a dealer at a casino. What he did was alerting a partner in crime every time he was in charge of dealing with cards in a game of Baccarat.
He would reveal a part of the deck to a partner before dealing the cards and helped him win big with bigger bets. He would then keep a part of the proceeds from the players he helped win big at the gambling facility.
He also agreed to have several partners in crime as he would continue with his scheme of affairs not only at one casino but also at a different one before being caught.
The court ordered Zhang to pay $1,046,560 in restitution.
Zhang worked for MGM National Harbor as was reported at the time of Zhang’s arrest. He eventually pleaded guilty to help cheat players at the casino.
Zhang could have been sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison, however, given the fact that he pleaded guilty, the court gave him 18 months.