The BetonSports.com online gambling debacle was in the news again this week as the St. Louis Courier-Dispatch reported that the brother, sister and former personal assistant of Gary Kaplan, the founder of the now liquidated online gaming company, pleaded guilty Monday and agreed to forfeit millions of dollars in gambling profits. The pleas represent another victory for the US Department of Justice in the long-running case .
The guilty pleas of Neil Scott Kaplan (43) Lori Beth Kaplan-Multz (48) and Penelope Ann Tucker (64) leave only Gary Kaplan facing trial. Two other defendants have not been arrested.
Each pleaded guilty to a felony racketeering conspiracy charge and agreed to turn over money held in Swiss Bank accounts that prosecutors say is linked to the proceeds of illegal online gambling. Kaplan and Kaplan-Multz also pleaded guilty to an additional conspiracy charge.
A federal grand jury handed down an indictment in 2006, accusing Kaplan, BetOnSports executives including CEO David Carruthers, current or former employees and vendors of helping to run an illegal online gambling operation that was once one of the world's largest — bringing in more than $1 billion in bets per year.
Gary Kaplan has pleaded not guilty after vigorously fighting the charges and has a trial date set for September 21st 2009.
David Carruthers filed a guilty plea conditional on any jail time not exceeding 33 months early in April. He has been under house arrest since his arrest whilst transitting through the United States in 2006. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 2, 2009 before U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson.