10 guilty in North Texas Internet gambling ring


PLANO, Texas (AP) — Investigators say 18 men have pleaded guilty in a North Texas-based Internet gambling ring that accepted more than $5.4 billion in illegal bets.

Federal prosecutors, the Internal Revenue Service and Plano police on Thursday announced results of the undercover investigation since 2006. The Plano Police Department received a check for nearly $4.8 million from forfeited assets.

A Plano officer developed a betting relationship with a sports bookmaker. Prosecutors say wagers through websites hosted outside the U.S. generated about $200 million for the ring members.

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Warrants were served in 2011. All 18 defendants pleaded guilty to charges such as money laundering, illegal gambling, structuring and tax violations.

One man was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. Eleven others received probation. The other six men await sentencing.