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Former Houston Police Officers Charged In Gambling Ring Takedown

The two are accused of financing luxury cars and other items to mask the profits of the group’s alleged leader

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg speaks to reporters on March 28, 2018.

A year-long investigation of gambling rings in Houston’s Chinatown area resulted in charges against twenty-two people including two former Houston police officers, Larry Nguyen and Huy Ly.

The two officers will voluntarily surrender and cooperate with the case, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. Both resigned from the Houston Police Department in February 2018.

“The game room itself is not illegal. That's what's confusing to the public,” Ogg said. “We have to prove that the machines are actually used illegally and what makes it illegal is when the owner/operators pay out over the lawful limit."

The two are accused of financing luxury cars and other items to mask the profits of the group's alleged leader, Theien Hoai Vo, also known as “Tim Vo.” Ly financed a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan through the Houston Police Federal Credit Union.

Authorities said they recovered $2.3 million from Vo's personal safe.

 

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Davis Land is Houston Public Media's senior news producer. He leads coverage for News 88.7's morning newscasts and coordinates between beat reporters, newscasters, and the Houston Matters team. Before joining Houston Public Media, Land produced for WBUR's newscast unit and Atlantic Public Media. His work has been heard on NPR's...

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