by Mindy Aguon
Guam - One of five defendants charged with illegal gambling has entered into a plea agreement with the federal government. Pauline Perez signed a plea agreement admitting to operating an illegal gambling business which comes with a maximum sentence of five years behind bars and a $250,000 fine. According to the plea agreement, since 2006 Perez helped her father, William M. Perez and his partners, Jimmy Hsieh and Wai Kam Ho, in conducting illegal card games in the basement of the MGM Spa Building.
She admitted that in early 2010 the group discontinued the baccarat games and her father started offering illegal poker games on the ground floor of the building. Perez also admitted that she acted as a cashier for the poker games which were offered nightly. Additionally she said that $6,000 of the monthly profits from the poker games was delivered to Jenny Pau and deposited into MGM Spa's bank account to assist in paying the monthly rent. The other four defendants have pleaded not guilty.
Their trial is scheduled for April 17.