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  [Seattle Mayor] Nickels' son indicted with dozens in scheme to cheat casinos
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Last EditedRalphie  May 24, 2007 07:30pm
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MediaNewspaper - Seattle Times
News DateFriday, May 25, 2007 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionJacob Dyson Nickels, the son of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, has been indicted as part of an investigation into a multi-state casino-cheating ring that allegedly stole millions of dollars by bribing casino employees to falsely shuffle decks.

Nickels, 25, was a pit boss at the Nooksack Indian Tribe's Nooksack River Casino in Whatcom County in the summer of 2005 when he accepted $5,000 to introduce one of the ring's alleged conspirators to crooked dealers, according to an indictment unsealed today at U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Two of the defendants, George Lee and Tien Duc Vu, won more than $90,000 on mini-baccarat that October with the help of Nickels and two dealers, Levi Seth Mayfield and Kasey James McKillip, the indictment said.

Mayor Nickels said today he and his wife Sharon had only "just learned of the charges involving our son Jacob."

"We will be encouraging him to cooperate fully with the investigation. Until we know more we will have no comment on the substance of these allegations," Nickels said in a prepared statement.
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