Hawaii and federal authorities target gambling operations
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii and federal law enforcement agencies have announced they are targeting illegal gambling operations on Oahu.
Authorities have charged 15 people and seized 60 illegal...
AG agrees to release money seized from sheriff’s brother
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's attorney general has agreed to release more than $200,000 seized from the brother of Jefferson County's sheriff after a federal judge criticized the state's...
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on in the case of a Wichita businessman charged for his role in illegal poker games (all times local):
Man who helped run illegal gambling ring avoids prison
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who helped run a sophisticated illegal sports gambling operation has avoided prison and been sentenced to two years of probation.
Former Wichita officer pleads guilty in gambling case
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Wichita police officer has admitted that he knew about illegal private poker games in the city for years but didn't report them to...
GRAYSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — State authorities have seized more than 1,000 electronic bingo machines from several operations in Jefferson County.
Attorney General Steve Marshall said Tuesday that...
EPISKOPI, Cyprus (AP) — Police at a British military base in Cyprus said Tuesday they have successfully wrapped up a four-year campaign against illegal gambling by shutting down nine casinos that...
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita officials are seeking to padlock a coin-operated laundry because of ongoing gambling on the property.
The Wichita Eagle reports that police have seized at least...
Former Kansas trooper sentenced in Wichita gambling probe
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A retired 53-year-old highway patrol trooper was sentenced to a year of probation for lying to the FBI during an investigation into illegal gambling in Wichita.
‘Games of skill’ popping up, but are they legal?
HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — Games of skills are popping up in convenience stores, gas stations and malls throughout the Hazleton area.
Players feed the machines cash, place bets on the selected game and win — and lose — money, but it's not considered gambling. The courts ruled that these adult games have an element of skill, rather than chance, with the player controlling the outcome. Chance is one of three elements needed to be considered gambling.
Pigeons apparently used in illegal racing dumped in Indiana
WOLCOTT, Ind. (AP) — Police in Indiana say dozens of live pigeons found in cardboard boxes in a dumpster may have been used in races in which bets are placed on when the birds will arrive at their roosts after being released elsewhere.
State police said Thursday that Trooper David Vido found 57 pigeons in cardboard boxes Dec. 10 at a rest stop in White County along Interstate 65, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis.
Bars challenge AG’s opinion that video slots are gambling
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Companies operating video slot machines in Wyoming bars are challenging the attorney general's opinion that the games constitute illegal gambling.
The vendors, Wyoming Skills LLC, argue the games include an element of skill that exempts the games from state gambling laws. After each spin, players have 15 seconds to "nudge" one reel up or down or to "swap" a logo to display a winning combination.
Ex-mayor argues insufficient evidence on corruption charge
NILES, Ohio (AP) — A former northeastern Ohio mayor sentenced to 10 years in prison argues in an appeal that his conviction should be overturned and he should get a new trial.
Longtime Niles mayor Ralph Infante was accused of running an illegal gambling house and taking bribes in exchange for jobs. He was convicted on more than 20 charges, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Ex-Pueblo DA investigator sentenced in gambling ring
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado judge has sentenced a former investigator in the Pueblo District Attorney's Office to four years of probation for assisting a nationwide bookmaking ring and using the office to facilitate the illegal gambling.
Ex-Wichita police officer given probation in gambling case
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Wichita police officer will serve a year on supervised probation for not reporting what he knew about illegal poker games.
U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said 46-year-old Bruce Mackey, of Goddard, was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in August after admitting that while he was a police officer, he didn't report people who were running the illegal gambling business.
Mainer spared prison for role in illegal gambling operation
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge has spared a 77-year-old man from going to prison for his role in an illegal sports gambling business in Maine.
William Flynn, who pleaded guilty in June, was sentenced Monday to two years of probation. Part of that includes 90 days of home confinement.
Center Stage agrees to give up some gambling devices
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A south Alabama bingo casino will get rid of some electronic and table games under an agreement announced Thursday with the state attorney general's office, which had argued it was an illegal gambling operation.
Ex-Wichita officer admits he knew about illegal gambling
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Wichita police officer has admitted that when he was an officer he knew people were conducting an illegal gambling business and didn't report them.
Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Bruce Mackey, of Goddard, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of misprision of a felony.
During an illegal poker game in February 2014, Mackey told the game's organizers that one of the gamblers was a Wichita police officer working undercover.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been arrested after investigators say he provided at least 142 illegal gambling machines to bars and restaurants around the state for more than a decade.
NILES, Ohio (AP) — A former northeast Ohio mayor found guilty of running an illegal gambling house and taking bribes in exchange for jobs is appealing his conviction.
Ex-Niles Mayor Ralph Infante was sentenced last month to 10 years in prison. His attorney has filed a notice of appeal and asks that Infante be released pending a ruling on that appeal. Specific grounds for the appeal weren't provided.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Five Lansing women have pleaded guilty to operating an illegal storefront gambling operation.
The Lansing State Journal reports that the Logan Square shopping center site had a sign that read "Max $10 Family Fashions" and appeared to be vacant.
WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A former northeast Ohio mayor convicted of taking bribes in exchange for jobs and running an illegal gambling house has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Ex-Niles Mayor Ralph Infante was sentenced Friday in Trumbull County after a jury found him guilty Monday of charges that included tampering with records, theft in office, gambling and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama district attorney says 13 people have been arrested in connection to an undercover investigation that led to the seizure of 128 gambling machines.
NILES, Ohio (AP) — A former longtime northeast Ohio mayor accused of running an illegal gambling house has been convicted of corruption and gambling charges.
Trumbull County jurors on Monday found former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante guilty of multiple charges that include tampering with records, theft in office, gambling and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A retired Kansas Highway Patrol trooper has been convicted of lying to the FBI during an investigation into illegal gambling in Wichita.
The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release that a federal jury found 53-year-old Michael Frederiksen of Derby guilty on one count of lying to FBI investigators.
Racketeering, gambling trial for ex-Ohio mayor to begin
NILES, Ohio (AP) — A former longtime Ohio mayor accused of taking bribes in exchange for jobs and running an illegal gambling house is about to go on trial.
Former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including tampering with records, theft in office, illegal gambling and racketeering. He was mayor of the northeastern Ohio city for 24 years before losing the 2015 Democratic primary.
Wichita bookie sentenced in illegal gambling probe
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An admitted bookie in an illegal gambling ring in Wichita will serve two years of probation for his crimes.
The Wichita Eagle reports 65-year-old Daniel Dreese was sentenced Thursday for two counts of making false statements on income tax returns. He admitted making hundreds of thousands of dollars from illegal bookmaking between 2010 and 2012.
MICHIGAN CITY – After the trial resulted in a hung jury on Feb. 14, the illegal gambling criminal case against former city councilman David J. Biela was dismissed Thursday.
Biela was accused by the state of printing parlay cards for four other men to distribute at bars and restaurants throughout La Porte County in order to collect illegal wagers on professional and college football games during the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Biela issued a statement Tuesday about the dismissal.
Police on Monday released the names of three Luzerne County licensed liquor establishments cited for allowing illegal gambling following a three-county “gaming raid” last fall. The state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement executed search warrants and/or conducted inspections at licensed liquor establishments in Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties on Nov. 8, 2017, police said in a news release issued the day following the raid. The action was part of an ongoing investigation into...
UEFA welcomes match-fixing convictions in Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — UEFA has welcomed a Greek court decision to convict 58 club officials, managers, and others for up to 10 years in prison for a match-fixing scandal in 2011.
The officials were convicted on a variety of charges — among them bribery, illegal gambling, and money laundering — and include former officials of the top-flight league and the Greek Football Association.
Most of the jail sentences were suspended and none of the suspects were imprisoned.
Indictment: 2 Wichita police officers obstructed justice
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing two former Wichita police officers and a gambling operator of obstructing justice, saying they revealed the identity of an undercover officer who was investigating illegal gambling, an indictment unsealed Thursday says.
MICHIGAN CITY — The former Michigan City councilman accused of participating in an illegal gambling ring throughout La Porte County from 2013 to 2015 will go before a jury on Feb. 13.
David J. Biela did not appear for his final pretrial conference in La Porte Superior Court 1 Thursday, but his defense attorney, Stephen Kray, confirmed they will be prepared for trial.
2 Wichita men plead guilty to federal gambling charges
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two men whose phones were tapped as part of an investigation into illegal gambling in Wichita have pleaded guilty to federal gambling and income tax charges.
U.S. Attorney Tom Beall says 67-year-old Danny Chapman pleaded guilty Friday to operating an illegal gambling business and tax evasion. Forty-six-year-old Daven Flax pleaded guilty to two counts of operating an illegal gambling business and one count of making a false statement on a tax return.
Fort Worth man convicted on Aryan Brotherhood-related charge
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Fort Worth man has been convicted on a felony drug charge stemming from an illegal gambling room that Aryan Brotherhood gang members used to traffic meth.
Federal prosecutors on Friday announced that 41-year-old Jeremy Lee Crabtree had been found guilty earlier this month of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing meth.
4 charged with operating illegal video slot machines
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Four Northern California men have been charged with installing and maintaining illegal video slot machines at smoke shops and convenience stores.
U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert said Friday a federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment on against Yaniv Gohar, of Berkeley; Orel Gohar, of San Francisco; Eran Buhbut, of Oakland; and May Levy, of Walnut Creek, charging them with conducting an illegal gambling business.
Couple pleads guilty to $1 million illegal gambling scheme
MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — A husband and wife from Massachusetts have pleaded guilty to running an illegal gambling company and laundering more than $1 million in proceeds.
Mafia bust on Long Island leads to 7 men charged
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Federal authorities say they've charged seven men in a racketeering bust targeting illegal gambling and other mafia-related activities on Long Island.
Newsday reports that the U.S. Attorney's Office says the men are members or associates of the Gambino and Bonanno organized crime families. All were arrested early Tuesday on the charges filed in federal court in Suffolk County.
Ex-lawmaker gets 18 months of house arrest in gambling case
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former Pennsylvania lawmaker has been sentenced to 18 months of house arrest for his role in an illegal gambling machine operation.
North Dakota woman’s attempt to clear name challenged
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are challenging a request form a North Dakota woman who wants a judge to clear her name after her conviction for illegal gambling was overturned.
EDINBURG — Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office investigators are working to determine whether the use of deadly force was justified after a security guard fatally shot 19-year-old Michael Daniel Garcia and 15-year-old Jorge Ariano early Saturday morning.
The victims — who were armed with shotguns and wearing ski masks — were allegedly trying to rob an illegal gambling establishment located at the corner of South Alamo Road and East Texas Road in Edinburg.
EDINBURG — The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an aggravated robbery of an illegal gambling establishment that occurred early Saturday morning and left two individuals dead.
Officers received a report of an aggravated robbery at 1328 S Alamo Road at 2:34 a.m., said Jena Palacios Pacheco, HCSO spokeswoman.
A security guard hired by the establishment reported fatally shooting two suspects who approached him and a third suspect fled on foot.
Sheriff’s office busts McAllen eight-liner operation
McALLEN — The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Friday at an alleged illegal gambling operation on Bentsen Road, located south of 6 Mile Line, which resulted in five arrests.
HCSO investigators observed approximately 85 eight-liner machines in the building, according to the criminal complaints, and those arrested were “placed participating in the earnings of U.S. currency (cash) from the winnings of the eight-liner operation.”
Alleged gangsters plead guilty to gambling, loan-sharking
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two alleged gangsters have pleaded guilty to running a gambling and loan-sharking ring out of two Massachusetts bars.
The Republican reports 66-year-old Rex Cunningham and 60-year-old Brian Hoyle pleaded guilty to illegal gambling, money-laundering and loan-sharking Wednesday.
Police seize gambling machines, $400,000 in cash
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say they have seized dozens of gambling machines and more than $400,000 in cash.
Police say the raids conducted Wednesday involved electronic machines located in Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties. Authorities say the raids were part of an ongoing investigation into illegal gambling.
Lawmaker to quit after plea in gambling ring case
PITTSBURGH — A state lawmaker from the Pittsburgh area is stepping down this week, on the day he’s scheduled to be sentenced for his role in an illegal gambling machine operation.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday that seven-term Rep. Marc Gergely (D-35) submitted a resignation letter to the House speaker. It takes effect Monday.
Lawmaker to quit after guilty plea in gambling ring case
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A state lawmaker from the Pittsburgh area is stepping down next week, on the day he's scheduled to be sentenced for his role in an illegal gambling machine operation.
Alabama business shuts down amid state lawsuit over gambling
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama business must close until a judge rules on a lawsuit claiming it operates illegal gambling machines, a decision the state cited Thursday as a move toward ending illegal games.
A court order filed late Wednesday said River City Entertainment in Lacey Springs and the state had reached an agreement while a judge considers claims that the business operates illegal electronic gambling machines.
Missouri woman pleads guilty in illegal gambling case
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Farmington woman has pleaded guilty to running an illegal high stakes sports betting operation.
Federal investigators say 60-year-old Carol Jean Hazer pleaded guilty Wednesday.
MICHIGAN CITY — One of five men arrested in 2016 in an alleged illegal gambling operation confirmed during a hearing in La Porte Superior Court 1 Thursday that he is ready to face a jury beginning Nov. 13.
Gregory Czizek will reappear in court for his final pre-jury conference on Nov. 2.
Czizek’s co-defendants Stanley Mazur and David J. Biela are scheduled for their own jury trials on Dec. 11 and Feb. 13, respectively.