Online Bookie’s Siblings Get House Arrest

ST. LOUIS (CN) – A federal judge sentenced the brother and sister of the founder of BetOnSports to 10 months of house arrest, and sentenced a former employee to probation. The brother and sister of BetOnSports founder Gary Kaplan helped persuade the former gambling mogul to plead guilty, prosecutors said.

     Neil Scott Kaplan and Lori Beth Kaplan-Multz pleaded guilty in June to two felony conspiracy charges and agreed to turn over $6 million held in Swiss bank accounts. Their brother, Gary Kaplan, was sentenced this week to 51 months in prison and will forfeit $50 million of BetOnSports proceeds.
     Gary Kaplan founded BetOnSports; prosecutors say he turned it into one of the world’s largest illegal online sports gambling enterprises, handling more than $1 billion in bets a year. BetOnSports has folded since the 2006 indictment.
     Neil Kaplan and Multz were to live for several months in a halfway house in addition to the house arrest, according to the plea deal. But prosecutors recommended only house arrest because they helped persuade their brother to plead guilty.
     Gary Kaplan’s assistant, Penelope Ann Tucker, received probation and agreed to forfeit $15,000 in an offshore account.
     Tucker pleaded guilty in June to violating the federal wire wager act by aiding the improper use of a wire communication facility to transmit bets.

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