Online Gambling Ring Arrested

April 13th, 2010

New York Police Department’s organized crime division arrested dozens in alleged $178.000,000 online gambling ring. Bookies and Agents, suspected money collectors were arrested Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, and New York.

William Bryant III, the premium sales manager for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, was one of six from Louisiana who was arrested in the gambling ring. Three workers from New York a sanitation worker, a firefighter, and a highway repairman were also arrested.

A Spokesperson said , that Bryant allegedly acting on his own . “We were advised by federal authorities that the alleged activities do not involve the Hornets,” he said. He was acting on his own outside of any team functions.

Charges also included promoting gambling, money laundering, and conspiracy.

Attorney Richard Brown of Queens District said the suspects operated two nationwide rings using sports betting Web sites filtering through Costa Rica. They accepted bets on professional and college football and basketball, as well as professional baseball and hockey games.

New York officials held a news conference with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers to announce the arrest.

The second indictment charges Robert Ackrish, a sanitation worker, and his father, Lewis, both from New York, was running a second ring used crownsports.com and jazzsports.com

More cash and millions of dollars in property were seized after more than a dozen search warrants were executed in Florida, , Louisiana, Michigan Nevada, and New York.

“Such computerized online rooms operate around the clock and can handle a large amount of bettors at any one time, thus allowing the organizers to increase their illegal profits without having to bother with the time-consuming, record-keeping aspects of a more normal, paper-based bookmaking operation,” Brown said. “Unfortunately for the defendants, the law enforcement community is just as equipped in using new technology to stop those involved in such criminal pursuits.”

The government also charged all six with operation of an illegal gambling business, which employed the use of an offshore betting service based in Costa Rica.

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