So smart and yet so stupid.
"....The stolen funds were often used to gamble, leading many casinos to supply the alleged conspirators with free rooms due to their extensive gambling activity, the FBI said......" So, someone in the gang was smart enough to figure out the loophole, but stupid enough to include a load of gamblaholics in the crew? They were just asking for jail-time. A smarter person would have chosen mules from outside the area, brought them in to do the deed and then got them out of the city before they went on a spending spree. A foolish man and his money are soon parted, but a foolish crim and his liberty are sooner.