Six men who ran an illegal gambling scheme in New York and New Jersey were arrested by the police and will now have to answer in court for the illegal sports betting operation. Apparently the men detained in Staten Island and NJ, operated this game center where operations were carried out with a sports betting house based in Costa Rica, which generated profits of $ 11 million for eight months.
Four of the detainees were in New York, while the other two operated in New Jersey. The online sports betting company, attracted customers from both states, through the Costa Rican website gameday365.ag sometimes and another site called playbig365.
Reports revealed that the sophisticated company took bets online or by phone. The operation began in September 2018 and was dismantled in April of this year. The two sites were disconnected, although the reasons are not clear, if it was because of the arrest of the six men or another was the cause.
On December 18, the court prosecuted the six detainees on charges of money laundering and illegal gambling. In a statement, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said:
“Illegal gambling is not a crime without victims, but illegal behavior that is often related to loan loans, money laundering and organized crime.”
“These defendants are accused of allegedly performing lucrative gambling operations that took millions of dollars in bets. Now we have closed their companies and we will seek to hold them accountable.”
The leader of the group was Ross Branca, 40, known under the nickname “Master Agent” and a native of New Jersey. This man was in charge of supervising three operators, who operated their own network of customers. Branca was accused of illegal gambling and money laundering. This last charge is for hiding $ 100 thousand in profits from the operation.
The six detainees pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to police reports, which include the crimes of promoting the game and conspiracy. However, the six men were released on bail, but must return to court in March 2020.
Currently, sports play is legal in New York and in New Jersey. Although there is still an illegal market of games with roots in both states, according to the money records obtained by these individuals in such a short time. While the legalized market may reduce illegal activity, that will still take some time.