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Chinese woman gets prison in Vegas casino fraud case

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:22 a.m. HST, Jan 24, 2014

LAS VEGAS >> A Chinese woman who says she sought asylum in the U.S. after taking part in pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989 was sentenced in Las Vegas to nearly four years in federal prison for her role in a multi-million dollar casino baccarat fraud scheme.

Irene Li's lawyer, Assistant Federal Public Defender William Carrico, said Thursday he's virtually certain his 53-year-old client will be deported to China after her 47 months in prison.

Li pleaded guilty in October to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a plea deal that had other charges against her dismissed.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon also ordered Li on Wednesday to repay $2.2 million in damages to five Las Vegas casinos.

Officials say Li's husband remains a fugitive in the case.

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Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
What an abuse of this country's generosity. Now we get to support this criminal, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.
on January 23,2014 | 02:07PM
cojef wrote:
Her husband is still on the loose and enjoying the fruits of their caper while she lulls in prison. Deportation doesn't seem like a good thing as ex-cons will have scrounge to survive.
on January 23,2014 | 02:12PM
boshio wrote:
How about paying us back before deportation.
on January 23,2014 | 04:03PM
TigerEye wrote:
You own one of the casinos?
on January 24,2014 | 08:50AM
2disgusted2 wrote:
That's what these women ate doing all over. Just check out the east west center..they should prosecute that woman.. They come to this country and think they can get away with anything
on January 24,2014 | 05:58AM
WKAMA wrote:
After deportation back to China they may be hanged for taking part in the pro-dem demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. Future doesn't look too healthy.
on January 23,2014 | 04:20PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
How about putting criminals like these to work at factories to manufacture license plates to help compensate the tax payers during incarceration? And after the incarceration? Continued work at another factory to compensate the tax payers until the balance is paid off.
on January 23,2014 | 06:14PM
TigerEye wrote:
Yes, let's follow China's shining example. Good idea. It sounds as though you'd be happy there.
on January 24,2014 | 08:55AM
medigogo wrote:
Good idea. I actually think it good for the inmates too. How do they kill the time there otherwise?
on January 24,2014 | 02:47PM
Smiley7 wrote:
Too many criminals allowed to enter USA legally and illegally! Auwe!
on January 24,2014 | 03:42AM
2disgusted2 wrote:
I agree and we glorify them, like at the east west center.. Woman took my husband, tried to take my mither's condo in her old age, caused her death, stole jewelry and we support her with a big fat federal salary. But what is the point of commenting. No one dies anything
on January 24,2014 | 06:02AM
2disgusted2 wrote:
I wish sincerely that someone would do something about the woman just like the one described in the article in our midst! Good fir Nevada to prosecute her. But here in Hawaii we just glorify them..
on January 24,2014 | 06:00AM
ptofview wrote:
After visiting China, our jails are vacation rentals with climate control, meals, and paid labor. Her hardship won't start unless she's from a commoner family in China. If her family is politically connected or owns a factory, she won't even feel the loss!
on January 24,2014 | 11:08AM
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