Four Charged For NFL Gambling Ring That Took $1 Billion In Bets
Four men have been charged in New York after making nearly $1 billion as part of an illegal gambling ring taking bets on matches in last season's NFL. The men have been taking illegal bets since April 2015.
The internet bookmakers were based in Costa Rica with Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson making the allegation against the four men from New York and California. The foursome are accused of corruption enterprise and other charges.
Court paper revealed that the men had taken $927 million worth of illegal bets from last season's NFL and also took bets on college sports, soccer and athletics using various websites over the last 15 months.
Alleged ringler Gordon Mitchnick, from California, is said to have laundered some of the money they made by buying up to 20 different properties and is believed to have run the gambling ring from a wire room in Costa Rica.
The judge set Mitchnick's bail at a staggering $2 million but the defendants lawyer claimed that the prosecutors were exaggerating the allegations saying "This is a garden-variety gambling case on steroids."
Acting as a runner for the operation one of the other men is said to have carried $50,000 in a briefcase through airports in the U.S.