Four suspects recently indicted by a grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio, face federal charges connected to unlawful gaming site operations in Ohio, where customers allegedly bet over $34m.
According to a news release by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), a federal grand jury “returned a superseding indictment on Might 13”, which was unsealed on Might 19.
The DOJ took to Twitter on Wednesday to share news of the four Ohioans charged with “conspiring to run illegal betting services and to defraud the IRS”:
According to The Repository, the superseding indictment stems from a 2018 federal raid on a series of Stark County “skill video game companies.” Two of the prohibited services, Proficient Shamrock and Redemption Ability Games 777, operated in the city of Canton, which is the county seat of Stark County.
The DOJ reported arrests on Jason Kachner, his partner Rebecca Kachner, Ronald DiPietro, and Thomas Helmick. The four then appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Greenberg of the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
As the superseding indictment reports, “from 2012 through 2017, clients at Experienced Shamrock allegedly bet more than $34 million, producing more than $4 million in net income.” The indictment also includes a surcharge that the Kachners and Helmick conspired to run another illicit Canton betting company, Redemption, from 2013 to 2018.
The Kachners and Helmick conspired to defraud the Internal Revenue Service through false tax returns that hid a significant portion of Redemption’s gross receipts while likewise hiding the legitimate owner of the business.
The suspects operated Competent Shamrock out of 4225 Hills and Dales Road and Redemption from 2824 Whipple Opportunity. Both sites in Plain Township, Canton are now under lock and key.
According to the DOJ press release, if convicted, all 4 Ohioans deal with a maximum of five years behind bars for each conspiracy count and five years in jail for each illegal betting business count. Likewise, the husband, partner, and Helmick might get three years in prison for each count tied to their tax returns.
DiPietro, a certified public accountant, could sign up with the suspects for the very same prison term for aiding in the preparation of stated tax returns.
The Repository reports that DiPietro denies all charges versus him. His attorney, Robert Fedor, stated: “We eagerly anticipate our day in court where it will discharge his name, reputation, and the charges against him.”
Examining the case is the Ohio Gambling Establishment Control Commission, the Ohio The Mob Investigations Commission– Major Criminal Offenses Tax Force, the IRS Wrongdoer Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Inspector General.
Previously this month, just a few hundred miles east of Ohio, came reports of another criminal gambling activity. Marylander Sophia Kim, a previous staff member, and comptroller of an elite Washington, D.C. ballet school, pleaded guilty to bank scams involving over $1.5 m. Kim used most of the embezzled money to bet at MGM National Harbor Gambling Establishment in Maryland.