$2.8 million seized in Las Vegas during national bookmaking investigation
More than $2.8 million in cash and chips has been seized or secured in Las Vegas in connection with a major national bookmaking investigation, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- More than $2.8 million in cash and chips has been seized or secured in Las Vegas in connection with a major national bookmaking investigation, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Eight individuals in Las Vegas, including Cantor Gaming manager Michael Colbert with the M Resort, were also arrested on Wednesday.
The other individuals are: Brandt England, age 49, of Las Vegas, Paul Sexton, age 29, of Henderson, Jerald M. Branca, age 67, of Las Vegas, Joseph Paulk, age 35, of Las Vegas, Steven Diano, age 48, of Las Vegas, Ian W. Mandel, age 43, of Las Vegas, and Kelly Barsel, age 42, of Las Vegas.
Approximately 30 agents of the Gaming Control Board participated in the early-morning service of search and arrest warrants.
The 8 individuals have been charged with more than 110 counts related to illegal bookmaking activity associated with an operation dubbed "World Wide Wagers" by the New York Police Department's Organized Crime Control Bureau.
The GCB has been working with the NYPD on this case for the past 15 months. NYPD discovered a large-scale bookmaking operation in 2011, with ties to traditional organized crime, operating in several states as well as at off-short locations.
The Gaming Control Board is still investigating potential statutory and regulatory violations in Nevada.