High stakes poker player and Macau businessman Wei Seng ‘Paul’ Phua and his son Wai Kit "Darren" Phua have had their January 12th trial date removed from the court records according to a report by the Associated Press which was released on Christmas Day.
US Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen is deciding if the fourth amendment was violated by state and federal agents when they convinced a judge to issue arrest warrants after posing as repairmen to enter several Caesars Palace villas when those same agents were responsible for disconnecting the villas' internet service. The Phuas defense attorneys are asking that the evidence against the Phuas be thrown out since no warrant was issued for entry to the villas.
Eight people were arrested for operating an illegal gambling ring back in July as a result of the arrest warrants and the Phuas are the only two defendants that are fighting the charges.
The FBI began an investigation when a Caesar's technician who believed that an unusual amount of electronic equipment and Internet connections that were requested was part of an illegal bookmaking operation and reported it to the Caesars Palace Security department who then notified the FBI.
Of the eight men that were arrested, charges were dropped against one of them and the other five reached plea deals with federal officials.
The new trial date has not been set.