It’s an amazing story. A southeast Texas family has been operating an illegal bookmaking operation from the family used car lot. They were taken to federal court in Beaumont for their three-decade-long illicit activities.
In fact, the dealership was the site of one ofts gambling enterprises, with clandestine money laundering on the side. A guilty plea was entered by L. Earnest T, his wife J Kay T and their son.
They will be sorry to see the $33 million in revenues go. They garnered substantial profits from 2010 to 2016. Everyone got into the act from handling the cash proceeds to collecting from and paying bettors.
What took so long. They were sitting pretty.
According to Mary Magness, assistant special agent in charge of the Homeland Security Investigations Houston office,
“For more than 30 years, this family operated one of the largest illegal sports gambling and money laundering operations in the U.S.”
The sentence is likely to be harsh. L Tillery may face up to 10 years in federal prison, while Judy and Brian Tillery could get five years each. The decision is forthcoming.
As Tillery confesses,
“I’m not a perfect man, made some mistakes. Stay away from the casinos.”
U.S. Attorney Joseph Brown agrees.
“The Tillerys ignored state and federal gambling laws and profited tremendously from a criminal enterprise. We intend to collect every bit of the money judgment that will be issued against them and we expect L. Tillery’s prison sentence to send a message to those who profit from illegal bookmaking.”