Posted: Oct 3, 2012 5:47 AM by AP/CS
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud the L'Auberge du Lac Casino in Lake Charles.
A federal judge sentenced 34-year-old Charbel Tannous, of Katy, Texas, last week to 37 months in prison and ordered him to pay more than $900,000 in restitution.
Prosecutors say Tannous was the leader of a plot to rig roulette games at the casino by bribing two dealers to let him and another person place late bets at the wheel.
FBI agents seized $10,000 in cash and nearly $40,000 in cashier's checks when they arrested Tannous at a Houston airport before he could board a flight to Lebanon, which doesn't have an extradition agreement with the U.S.