HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 24Alleged Operators of Gambling Operations Enter Guilty Plea

On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that guilty and no contest pleas had been entered into by a married couple facing charges related to an alleged illegal sports wagering operation in the Wayne County Circuit Court.

The couple, Mr. John Zunich and Ellen Jane Zunich, allegedly ran a sports wagering operation out of a print shop owned by them through betting cards printed at the shop from December of 2002 through May of 2012. After a tip regarding this activity was received, the Westland Police Department and the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) initiated an investigation.

The investigation concluded that Mr. Zunich used his print shop to print betting cards and distribute them for the purposes of conducting sports wagering activity, which is prohibited under state and federal law. Ms. Zunich allegedly had knowledge of her husband’s activity and assisted in manipulating the income received to make it appear as legitimate income on tax filings.

Mr. Zunich has plead guilty to one count of Conducting Criminal Enterprises (Racketeering) and no contest to one count of Failure to File/False Taxes. Ms. Zunich has plead no contest to one count of Failure to File/False Taxes.

In a press release on the matter, Mr. Schuette stated “I would like to thank the Westland Police Department and the Michigan Gaming Control Board for their efforts in this important investigation…This investigation was spread over a seven month period and involved several law enforcement partners. These type of investigations often lead us to suspects tied to the criminal underground.”

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled in the Wayne County Circuit Court for both defendants on November 5, 2013.

 

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