OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Four Houston-area residents, 30 other individuals and 23 entities are accused of operating an illegal sports bookmaking business that solicited more than $1 billion in illegal bets, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
According to the indictment announced by U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats for the Western District of Oklahoma and Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Criminal Division, Bartice Alan King, aka Luke and Cool, 42, of Spring, Texas, conspired with others to operate internet and telephone gambling services in Costa Rica and Panama. Officials say the wagers were made almost exclusively from gamblers in the United States seeking to place bets on sports.
The 34 defendants, including King; Serena Moneeque King, of Spring, Texas; Edward Louis Buonanno, of Spring, Texas; and Neil John Myler, of Houston, are alleged to have been employees, members and associates of Legendz Sports enterprise.
Officials said 23corporate defendants are alleged to have been used by Legendz Sports to facilitate gambling operations, launder gambling funds and make payouts to gamblers.
According to the indictment, Legendz Sports solicited millions of illegal bets totaling over $1 billion.
Investigators say if convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison for racketeering, up to 20 years in prison for conspiring to commit money laundering, up to 10 years in prison for money laundering and up to five years in prison for operating an illegal gambling business.