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Bellagio Heist: Vegas Judge's Son Arrested with Bellagio Chips

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By Jason Beahm on February 08, 2011 5:46 AM

You might think that because you know the law and teach it to your children that they will stay on the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way. The recent case involving the Bellagio heist and the son of Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge George Assad illustrates the point.

According to police, Anthony Carleo first bragged about how easy it would be to rob the Bellagio casino and steal high value Bellagio chips. Then Carleo went through with the armed robbery and surprisingly got away. But the son of George Assad did not have the good sense to lay low after the Bellagio heist. Instead, he continued gambling at the Bellagio and made feeble attempts to fence the stolen Bellagio chips, the Denver Post reports.

Anthony Carleo eventually wound up allegedly trying to sell the Bellagio chips to undercover police, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. He was also allegedly dealing prescription drugs, according to an informant. He is now behind bars on robbery, burglary and drug trafficking charges.

So now it's all bad news from here. Carleo is looking at serious prison time, and the event could even put his father's job in jeopardy. Las Vegas judges are subject to retention votes. While judges are routinely retained, an event like this is exactly the kind of thing that can swing public opinion the other way.

George Assad was understandably stunned by the event. "It goes without saying that as a father, I am devastated and heartbroken to see my son arrested under these circumstances, as is the rest of his family," said he said in a statement released by his publicist, the Associated Press reports.

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