Monday May 20,2013 : NEW YORK MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR SPORTS BETTING INVOLVEMENT
Revenues reached in excess of one and a half million Dollars over an 8 month period
The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut has announced the sentencing of a New York man for his role in an illegal sports bookmaking operation that channeled bets through www.44wager.com based in Costa Rica.
Mitchell Engelson (63) was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant. He was also ordered to forfeit $15,000 and pay a $5,000 fine.
In the long-term investigation led by the FBI Fairfield County Organized Crime Task Force, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and the Stamford Police Department, 20 individuals were charged with various offenses relating to their involvement in the illegal online sports bookmaking operation along with illegal card gambling clubs in Stamford and Hamden.
The investigation, which included the use of court-authorised wiretaps, revealed that Engelson and others were involved in a large-scale sports bookmaking operation in which gamblers placed bets with offshore internet sports-gambling websites, particularly with www.44wager.com based in Costa Rica.
The FBI said analysis of the sports-betting website utilised by the co-defendants had determined that the total gross revenues of the Stamford-based gambling operation were nearly $1.7 million from October 2010 to June 2011.
Engelson pleaded guilty to one count of operating an illegal gambling business on February 13, 2013.