Illegal gambling over the Internet 2011/2012:
William Lisle, 57, and Kenneth B. Lovett, 72 of Joplin, Missouri Sentenced

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William Lisle, 57, of Joplin, MISSOURI, was sentenced on October 31st, 2012, by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to two years of probation (including six months of home detention) and ordered to pay a fine of 2.000 USD. As a condition of his probation, Lisle may not enter any gambling establishment or engage in any type of gambling, including off-shore or Internet gambling. Lisle must forfeit to the government almost 100.000 USD (98.263 USD) that was seized from his residence by law enforcement, which was the proceeds of gambling activity.

Judge Dorr
Co-defendant Kenneth B. Lovett, 72, also of Joplin, received the same sentence on October 18th, 2012.

Lisle and Lovett each pleaded guilty to using the Internet to transmit wagering information, including placing bets on sporting events, as part of their gambling business from January 1st, 2003, until to February 8th, 2011. Lovett, who was primarily engaged in wagering on National Football League events, took on Lisle as a partner in 2006. Lisle and Lovett shared income and expenses equally until 2010, when Lisle’s share of income and expenses increased to 60 percent.

Lisle and Lovett utilized two Internet websites, with servers located in Costa Rica, to administer the bookmaking operation. Their gambling operation flourished when they began using the off shore gambling Web sites in 2006. The number of their customers and the amounts they wagered increased. For example, according to the plea agreement, one gambler would wager as much as 35.000 USD on a single weekend during the American football season.

Lisle also pleaded guilty to money laundering. Lisle sent cashier’s checks, payable to a false name in an effort to conceal the transfer, to the Costa Rican company that operated the websites. Lisle’s plea agreement cites 15 instances in which he sent cashier’s checks (totaling 72.000 USD) to Costa Rica via Federal Express as part of his scheme to launder money obtained from the gambling enterprise.


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