PI Who Desecrated Grave of Deadbeat Sentenced for Role in Owen Hanson Gambling Case

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  • PI desecrated the family graves of an alleged deadbeat and mailed photos to him
  • Beheading videos included with the photos
  • Former USC player Owen Hanson plead guilty to running international gambling and drug ring
  • Hanson was believed to have trafficked “well over a ton” of cocaine, methamphetamine and Ecstasy in the U.S. and Australia

An LA private investigator has received a 16 month prison sentence for his role in a gambling ring run by former University of Southern California walk-on football player Owen Hanson. 

Daniel Portley-Hanks, 71, pleaded guilty to extortion last December.  He was accused of driving from Los Angeles to a Pennsylvania cemetery where the family burial plot of an individual who owed Hanson’s organization money was located.  Portley-Hanks then splattered red paint over the tombstone, took photos of the grave desecration, then altered the photos to include the targeted individual’s name and words “very soon” as the date of death.  Another photo was altered to show a masked Hanson holding a shovel over the grave.

As if things could not get any worse, Portley-Hanks not only mailed the photos to the alleged deadbeat, he also included videotapes of two beheadings. 

Hanson, 34, plead guilty of running the international drug-trafficking and offshore gambling ring last December.

Hanson was initially charged only with coordinating a drug transaction before authorities later learned he had been running an elaborate online gambling enterprise, Macho Sports, out of Peru with clients throughout the United States.

Prosecutors also alleged that Hanson trafficked “well over a ton” of cocaine, methamphetamine and Ecstasy in the U.S. and Australia.  He was also implicated in an Australian case tied to a mysterious suitcase filled with $702,000 in cash in 2011.

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