Trial confirmed for suspected gambling ring participant
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.
Another co-defendant, James Liverman, was deemed incompetent to stand trial, and prosecution of his case remains at a standstill.
A fifth man, John T. Greene, was sentenced to two years of probation in 2016 for his role in the alleged gambling ring.
The four remaining defendants each face one count of corrupt business influence as a Level 5 felony, and multiple Level 6 felony counts of promoting professional gambling – five for Biela and Mazur, four for Liverman, and three for Czizek.
If convicted, they face 1 to 6 years in the Indiana Department of Correction for the Level 5 felony charge, and 6 months to 2.5 years for each level 6 felony.
All remain free on $1,500 cash bond pending the resolutions of their cases.
According to the Indiana Gaming Commission and La Porte County Prosecutor’s Office, the defendants were observed accepting monetary wagers on professional and college football games during the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Biela reportedly printed the parlay cards for the alleged “bookies” to distribute at bars and restaurants throughout La Porte County.