GUILTY PLEA IN KANSAS SPORTS GAMBLING CASE (Update)
12 February 2010
Federal probe continues
The Grand Jury enquiries into online gambling and
arrests in Kansas last year (see previous InfoPowa
reports) resurfaced this week with the news that a
Kansas City man has pleaded guilty to running a sports
The Kansas City Star reports
that Michael V. Badalucco (26) admitted that he and
others provided bettors with a toll-free telephone
number or access to a website - Best24b.com - both of
which routed from Missouri through Arizona to a company
in Costa Rica.
Badalucco agreed that on Feb. 17,
2009, he called the offshore company, identified himself
as George and canceled bets for one of his customers.
According to court records, he paid out winnings and
collected cash in person from bettors, usually on a
In pleading guilty, Badalucco
waived his right to have a grand jury review the
governments evidence and agreed to plead guilty
In return, prosecutors agreed not to
call him as a witness in the prosecution of anyone else
in the illegal gambling business.
a maximum of two years in prison. A preliminary estimate
of his sentencing guidelines showed that he more likely
faces between six months and a year in prison.
Since August last year, a federal judge has jailed, by
one count, 10 individuals for refusing to testify before
a grand jury investigating illegal online betting. None
of those has yet been charged with a crime related to
the gambling investigation.