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Fri Apr 17, 2015, 07:41 PM

FBI Ruse Violated Rights of Vegas Hotel Guest, US Judge Says

Source: Associated Press

FBI Ruse Violated Rights of Vegas Hotel Guest, US Judge Says

LAS VEGAS Apr 17, 2015, 8:10 PM ET
By KEN RITTER Associated Press

The FBI violated the rights of a wealthy Malaysian businessman when agents posed as Internet repairmen to get into his Las Vegas hotel suite to search for evidence of wrongdoing during the World Cup soccer tournament last summer, a federal judge ruled Friday.

"The government violated the defendant's Fourth Amendment rights" against unreasonable searches and seizures, U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon said in a bluntly worded decision.

His ruling threw out evidence collected last July from Wei Seng "Paul" Phua's high-security luxury villa at Caesars Palace.

"This had implications for all Americans," defense attorney David Chesnoff said, hailing the decision as a victory for freedom.

Phua's attorneys said they were stunned to learn that investigators enlisted a Caesars contractor to shut off Internet access so agents disguised as repairmen could enter with hidden cameras.

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