Government defends elaborate FBI repairman ruse
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department says it was perfectly legal for government agents to shut off the Internet to three high-roller suites in Las Vegas and have government agents impersonate computer repairmen as part of an investigation into a group of Asian gamblers accused of running an illegal sports betting operation.
U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden and two other government lawyers say in a 48-page court filing that running such an elaborate ruse is the kind of thing law enforcement does every day.
The filing was in response to a defense motion to throw out evidence in the illegal gambling case against eight Asian gamblers. The response was filed Monday in federal court in Las Vegas.
Defense lawyers said in their motion that a prosecutor advised the FBI against the ruse.