Examples of Gaming Investigations - Fiscal Year 2014
The following examples of gaming investigations are written from public record documents on file in the courts within the judicial district where the cases were prosecuted.
Oklahoma Men Sentenced for Running Illegal Gambling Operation and Money Laundering
On January 17, 2014, in Oklahoma City, Okla., Teddy Dryden Mitchell, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and two years of supervised release. On July 8, 2013, Mitchell pleaded guilty to running an illegal offshore internet sports betting business and conspiracy to commit money laundering. As part of his plea, Mitchell admitted he conducted, financed, managed, supervised, directed or owned all or part of the gambling business that violated Oklahoma law and that the business was in substantial continuous operation for more than 30 days or had gross revenue of $2,000 or more on any single day. In addition, he admitted that he conspired to launder funds to promote the illegal internet gambling business. Eight other men have been sentenced in connection with this case, with sentences ranging from probation to 16 months in prison. As part of this case, the government also seeks a forfeiture money judgment of over $8.1 million and the forfeiture of multiple tracts of real property, vehicles, and cash held in various accounts.
Connecticut Man Involved in Organized Crime-Controlled Gambling Ring Sentenced
On October 24, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., Richard Uva, of Trumbull, was sentenced to 46 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to forfeit $250,000. On August 5, 2013, Uva pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. According to court documents, Uva and others were charged with various offenses related to their involvement in an illegal Internet sports bookmaking operation and illegal card gambling clubs. Uva is an alleged associate of the Gambino organized crime family. Uva provided assistance in the operation of a large-scale sports bookmaking business in which gamblers placed bets with offshore Internet sports-gambling web sites. Uva served as the “master agent” for the bookmaking operation and supervised a network of bookmakers. In addition, Uva and others operated a card gambling club, where a house percentage, commonly referred to as a “rake,” was collected from every hand played. Uva supervised the club’s operation. Uva committed acts of extortion while participating in this racketeering enterprise and collected “tribute” payments from independent sports bookmakers operating in Connecticut. A portion of the payments were delivered to Gambino Family associates in New York. On April 28, 2011, investigators executed a search warrant at Uva’s former residence in Stamford and seized approximately $175,000 in cash. To date, 18 defendants involved in the gambling ring have pleaded guilty and agreed to forfeit approximately $1.4 million.