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29 begin criminal defense against illegal sports gambling charges

After a long investigation and sting operation, 29 people were recently arrested under suspicion of being involved in an illegal sports betting ring. The multi-million dollar operation was supposedly run by two New Jersey men. All of the persons arrested face conspiracy and gambling charges, and the two alleged ring leaders face additional charges of money laundering and racketeering. All of the accused must now focus on their criminal defense to the accusations that are specific to each individual.

The investigation supposedly started about five months ago. The alleged illegal sports gambling ring involved betting on many types of sports, from horse racing to hockey. The investigators claim that the ring netted about $3 million over the past 12 months. The authorities were able to get 43 search warrants all over the state, and they supposedly seized about $80,000 along with two vehicles.

New Jersey prosecutors say that the ring worked by setting up individual gambling packages overseen by "managers," who would take a commission from the gambling profits. Specific "agents" would then supposedly meet with the gamblers to collect debts or pay winnings. All these bets purportedly took place in offshore Internet accounts known as "wire-rooms." Supposedly, the organization ran about $50 million in wagers.

As these accused individuals consider criminal defense options, they will surely want to ensure that their legal rights are safeguarded through the entire process. Allegations of white collar crime can often be difficult to prosecute, so the defense team will likely seek to hone in on any weak or insufficient evidence that the prosecution proposes to submit in court. Appropriate legal challenges to that evidence, as well as to any perceived insufficiency in the charging documents, will likely result in formal motions for the exclusion of specified evidence and/or for dismissal of some or all of the criminal charges.

Source: nj.com, "Elderly ex-cons ran $3 million sports-betting ring, are among 29 arrested, Bergen prosecutor says", James Kleimann, June 13, 2014

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