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Assaggio restaurateur sentenced in gambling case

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 11:37 a.m. HST, May 7, 2014

A federal judge sentenced Assaggio restaurants owner Thomas Ky to six months in jail Wednesday for laundering more than $1.3 million in illegal gambling proceeds through his restaurants.

U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson also fined Ky $50,000 and finalized an order requiring him to forfeit to the government the amount of money he laundered. 

Defense lawyer Stephen Pingree told Watson that Ky has already paid the $1,336,500 in full.

Ky, 47, pleaded guilty last November to laundering money for operators and agents of an internet gambling operation.

The operators, Felix Tom and Allen Yamada, are scheduled for sentencing next week.

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