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US judge in Las Vegas says ruling to come in FBI ruse case

Wei Seng "Paul" Phua

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A federal judge in Las Vegas says she'll rule in the next few days whether undercover investigators illegally searched several Caesars Palace suites in a gambling ring investigation last summer.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen also acknowledged on Thursday the likelihood that her ruling in the case involving Malaysian businessman Wei Seng "Paul" Phua and his son, Darren Wai Kit Phua, will be appealed to a district court judge.

Leen held hearings in December about state and federal agents disconnecting Internet service and posing as Internet repairmen to get inside Caesars Palace hotel suites without a warrant.

Prosecutors say the Phuas were involved in a $13 million illegal Internet gambling ring.

Defense attorneys say the Phuas' rights were violated and the case should be thrown out.