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Suspects Accused of Illegal Gambling Appear in Court Today

Suspects Accused of Illegal Gambling Appear in Court Today



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Sarah Dallof Reporting Seven people appeared in federal court today accused of running an illegal gambling ring on the Internet. According to prosecutors, the seven defendants laundered the money through two Draper-base companies.

Prosecutors say the seven moved more than $150 million from gamblers to online gambling sites like this one. They allegedly disguised the credit card transactions so the credit card companies wouldn't know they were bets by using the two Draper businesses as fronts.

Suspects Accused of Illegal Gambling Appear in Court Today

Today all seven appeared in court where they pleaded not guilty to charges of bank fraud, money laundering and racketeering. None of the defendants would comment on the case as they left the courthouse.

There's a lot of evidence to go through in this case, including more than 200,000 documents and 15 hard drives and with seven defendants, this case is going to take some time.

Defense attorney Fred Metos says, "I don't know how strong a case it is or what they have, but at this point everybody is presumed innocent."

Suspects Accused of Illegal Gambling Appear in Court Today

Prosecuting attorney Loren Washburn says, "These charges do carry heavy penalties; they are serious crimes."

Those penalties are pretty heavy. If convicted, each defendant could face more than 70 years in prison and $2 million in fines.

No trial date has been set yet. The next step is a status conference to see how the case is coming along on August 6.

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