KANSAS CITY ONLINE SPORTSBETTING PROBE GENERATES
ANOTHER GUILTY PLEA
19 February 2010
Liberty man admits to being an online bookie
The Grand Jury probe into online gambling in Kansas City
(see previous InfoPowa reports) has generated another
guilty plea from a suspect.
The Kansas City Star
blog reports that Charles J. Simone (24) pleaded guilty
this week in federal court for his part in an online
gambling operation with a website operated out of Costa
Simone gave his clients a 1-800 number and
the Web site where they could place bets, and would then
act as a runner, paying out or collecting money in
person from the punters, presumably to obviate the need
for online financial transactions.
The court was
told that the online sports betting operation started up
in 2006, although Simone claimed he did not become
involved until late 2008, running through to the spring
Simone is the second suspect identified
by the probe to plead guilty; earlier Michael V.
Badalucco (26) entered a similar plea (see previous
The federal probe has been
running for several months, and last year jailed several
witnesses/suspects for refusing to testify.