Brooklyn DA Thompson Hits Illegal Online Gambling Ring

Published Friday, July 01, 2016 -
Brooklyn DA Thompson Hits Illegal Online Gambling Ring

The State of New York legal eagles have done their job well with another bust of an illegal online gambling ring. Brooklyn’s district attorney’s office has dismantled what has been described as a “billion-dollar sports gambling ring”.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson has recently revealed a 57-count indictment against four people. California USA resident Gordon Mitchnick who is the alleged ringleader, and three others are facing a possible 25 years in prison if convicted of the charges facing them.

The method the ring operated was a process that used password-protected websites that were directed to a Costa Rican server. Thompson said all financial transactions were processed in person and the illegal gambling operation used toll-free phone numbers and multiple ‘pay per head’ web locations, including, and, Thompson continued to describe the process saying customers could manage their wagering activity but the money was process in a traditional way.

The web sites were said to have handled $927m worth of bets during the 2015 NFL season. It is alleged that Mitchnick exploited many methods of laundering the illegal operation’s betting profits, which included purchasing over 20 properties. With overhead of $ 200,000 per month the Costa Rican arm of the operation was getting a massive income for its wire room services. E mail, texts and messaging service notes to the Costa Rican staff are all on record as being used by Mitchnick.

Defendant Joseph Schneider and the two other defendants Arthur Rossi and Claude Ferguson acted as master agent and ‘runner,’ respectively. Along with the enterprise corruption charges, they are also charged with first-degree promoting gambling, second-degree possession of gambling records and fifth-degree conspiracy. Mitchnick’s bail was set at $2 million, Schneider’s $500 thousand, while the other two got out with $50 thousand. Thompson is on a roll, he recently dismantled another Costa Rica-based pay per head operation. Thompson called the illegal online wagering  knock down “possibly the biggest one ever to be dismantled by a local prosecutor’s office.”



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