..

Feds Want Stiff Sentence for Bookie: Caused One Deadbeat to 'Burst Into Tears'

Written by:
Jagajeet Chiba
Published on:
Apr/01/2021

  • Gregory Paloian and his agents were so aggressive with gamblers, one actually "burst into tears"

  • Gamblers in the ring were referred to as “goof, goofball, idiot, ‘f*&#%g little pu$%y’, little c&%*sucker and other descriptive monikers”

  • The case has close ties to another high profile bookmaking investigation in the Chicago area involving the brother of Bears great Brian Urlacher

  • Casey Urlacher was pardoned by former President Donald Trump during his final days in office

Start Your Own Sportsbook Today

Federal prosecutors are looking to throw the book at bookie Gregory Paloian, who they say routinely terrorized gamblers.

Paloian is even accused of causing one deadbeat gambler to "burst into tears".

He and his agents referred to other degenerates in their ring of around 60 sports bettors as “goof, goofball, idiot, ‘f*&#%g little pu$%y’, little c&%*sucker, among other monikers.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Terry Kinney told the Court Paloian had ties to the mob with a lengthy criminal history that included a racketeering conviction involving a large gambling enterprise that ran from 1985 until 1998.

And Kinney wasn't buying the picture of innocence Paloian's own attorney painted of him.  Defense attorney Joseph Urgo wrote in his memo to the Court that his client “conducted that business in as ‘clean’ a manner as possible, the goal being to never financially exploit anyone, never allow anyone to gamble beyond their means. And safeguards were developed and utilized to ensure this.”

The Assistant U.S. Attorney called that description “more fantasy, tall tales, and wishful thinking than reality".

Kinney tied Paloian’s case to a more high profile gambling ring run by Vincent “Uncle Mick” DelGiudice.  He admitted to running the Chicago sports bookmaking business between the years 2016 through 2019.

That case resulted in charges against Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher, the brother of Chicago Bears Brian Urlacher who would later be pardoned in January by Donald Trump as he was about to leave office.

Others involved in the DelGiudice business were not so lucky.  Former Chicago officer Nicholas Stella was charged for his alleged role in the ring.  He is also accused of destroying a phone that was sought for evidence in alleged attack on girlfriend.

Paloian had surrendered his own phone to law enforcement.  They immediately placed the phone in airplane mode to prevent the bookie from accessing it remotely.  Police later determined that all the data had already been erased.

Paloian’s plea agreement will likely result in up to three years prison, but prosecutors may challenge that.

He previously served 3.5 years in prison for running the mob-connected bookmaking operation that reportedly took in millions of dollars over 20 years.

And some things never change.

"Paloian said that a bettor would be told cannons would be pointed at his head if he didn’t pay,” prosecutors wrote in a 2002 sentencing memo.

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

Gambling News

McGregor to Poirier: 'You Inbred Hillbilly!", Threatens to Pull Out of Trilogy, Latest Odds

Early Conor McGregor (-110) vs. Dustin Poirier (-110) betting action is good money so far, mostly on Poirer.

Doctor Accused of Gambling While Kids Stayed in Locked Car

Doctor Accused of Gambling While Kids Stayed in Locked Car

Marieny Elena Guimera-Revelo was arrested by Seminole Police Sunday on two counts of child neglect after she was found gambling in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood.  Her children, ages 3 and 11, were left in a locked car outside near

Sports Betting Beat: Costa Rica Licenses, US Payment Solutions

Sports Betting Beat: Costa Rica Licenses, US Payment Solutions

These are the top stories for Monday April 12, 2021 in the world of sports betting.

PA Man Used Credit Card Swiped From Casino for Online Gambling

PA Man Used Credit Card Swiped From Casino for Online Gambling

A Bethleham, Pennsylvania man is accused of stealing a credit card from a casino guest that he later used to gamble online.

W88 Bookmarkers - The Most Prestigious Bookie In Asia

W88 Bookmarkers - The Most Prestigious Bookie In Asia

W88 is known by players as one of the oldest and most respected betting bookmarkers in Asia. In recent years, with the increasing demand for betting by players, the W88 bookie has expanded the betting market to many countries. With the desire to bring players many new experiences, the W88 bookie applies advanced technology for betting products.

Syndicate