GREENBELT, Md. (WJZ) — A former Maryland casino dealer was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison for defrauding casinos of more than $1 million in 2017.
Ming Zhang, 32, of Alexandria, Virginia, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release for conspiracy to transport stolen funds.
According to a plea agreement, Zhang worked as a dealer at a casino and would alert a co-conspirator when he was assigned to deal cards in a game of baccarat. Zhang showed the co-conspirator part of the deck prior to dealing the cards, allowing the co-conspirator and others to place large bets.
Zhang also admitted he was with several co-conspirators when they did the same scheme earlier that year at another casino, according to the plea agreement.
Zhang was also ordered to pay $1,046,560 in restitution.