FBI Shuts Down Illegal Online Gambling in Connecticut

Published Thursday, June 06, 2013 - Online-Casinos.com
FBI Shuts Down Illegal Online Gambling in Connecticut

The authorities in America are still looking for and finding violators of the federal laws that prohibit internet gambling on sporting events.

United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford Connecticut heard a guilty plea from forty five year old Dean DePreta, of Stamford stemming from charges of conspiring to violate the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

After a long-term investigation led by the FBI Fairfield County Organized Crime Task Force, the Internal Revenue Service division of Criminal Investigation and the Stamford Police Department, authorities arrested DePreta an associate John Liquori and eighteen others.

The illegal Internet sports bookmaking operation and illegal card gambling clubs in Stamford and Hamden were alleged to be operated by the accused DePreta and Liquori. Liquori pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in jail, followed by three years of supervised release the convicted man was also ordered to forfeit $60,000 cash. The large-scale sports bookmaking operation saw gamblers placing bets with offshore online sports-gambling websites some of which were based in Costa Rica. The FBI concluded the sports betting web site utilized by the co-defendants had determined that the total gross revenues of the Stamford located gambling operation was nearly $1.7 million from October 2010 to June 2011. Also during the investigation the FBI found that the felons were taking a percentage from all the games played at a card room they operated in Hamden Connecticut.

During his guilty plea DePreta admitted that he had used extortion while leading this enterprise. DePreta will be sentenced August 2013 and faces a maximum of twenty years in jail and a forfeiture of $300,000 cash. Last August another associate involved in the operation, Michael Pepe pleaded guilty to two counts of operating an illegal gambling business and he was sentenced to 12 months and one day of imprisonment and was ordered to forfeit $100,000 to the court.

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