Two men suspected of being involved with a crime-controlled gambling ring have recently been sentenced in Hartford federal court. The men were found guilty of criminal charges involving an Internet sports bookmaking operation as well as illegal card gambling clubs in two different Connecticut cities. Each man was sentenced to a prison term, and each was given a heavy fine.
Supposedly, the FBI, the IRS and local police departments had been investigating the gambling ring for a long amount of time, and they eventually arrested and charged 20 people with various crimes in relation to the gambling ring. The ring involved a large-scale Internet bookmaking website based out of Costa Rica. The ring was also in charge of two card clubs where the house got a percentage of every hand played, making and estimated amount upwards of $1.7 million.
Each man plead guilty to one of the criminal charges they were faced with. One of the men, 45-years-old, was sentenced to 46 months in prison, fined $250,000 and will be given probation for three years after release. The other man, 43-years-old, was sentenced to six months in prison, fined $15,000 and will also have to undergo three years of probation after his release.
Even though each man has been convicted and sentenced for their involvement in the gambling ring, a solid Connecticut criminal defense does not have to end after sentencing. There are many options that the defense might take to combat criminal charges even after sentencing. Each man's criminal defense might benefit from exploring all the legal options available in order to make the best decisions for each specific case.
Source: Hamden, CT Patch, Two Men Sentenced For Hamden and Stamford Gambling Ring, Kathleen Ramunni, Oct. 25, 2013