Source: U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada via Wired [PDF]
quote: when defense lawyers argued that the co-defendants were simply playing by the rules of the machine (rules which were broken).
quote: That leaves a single count of wire fraud against each man. The wire fraud charges (18 U.S.C. § 1343) are built on the premise that the defendants used phone conversations to plan to defraud the plaintiffs (the casinos), a federal offense. Of course, given that the feds couldn't even make the accusation that they "hacked" (a form of fraud) stick, the fraud-based claim seems pretty questionable.