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Courthouse watch: 7.14.09

A man who convinced his girlfriend he was a covert military agent and swindled thousands of dollars to fund his gambling habit will spend the next six months in jail.

The woman felt so bad about her bank losing money she repaid them.

Now her ex-boyfriend, Thai M. Cao, is required to pay her back after he’s released from jail.

Appearing before Judge Maryann Moreno, Cao thanked the court before he left the defendant's table.

"I'm planning to work for the public defender's office when I get released because I want to give something back," Cao said.

The nine felonies to which Cao pleaded guilty today may affect that aspiration.

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