Illegal Online Gambling Operators Sentenced

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Two men in Scottsdale, Arizona were sentenced to probation for their role in managing an illegal sports betting organization.

Oscar Barden and Richard Michael DiCapua were each sentenced to probation and community service for their roles in a sports betting operation that was bankrolled by Daniel Meisel.

The illegal sportsbook took advantage of other sportsbooks in Costa Rica, using the internet to track and place bets for clients. The Costa Rica based sportsbook then charged a fee to the Arizona based illegal operation and did not have an interest in the outcome of the bets.

Barden received three years probation and 150 hours of community service while DiCapua received two years probation and 100 hours of community service. Meisel is still on the run from law enforcement.

Six other defendants in the case were sentenced in October for their roles in the crime. They each plead guilty to one count of conspiracy in transmission of wagering information and operating an illegal gambling business. One other man, who was more involved than the previous defendants, got four years probation as well as 200 hours community service and eight months home confinement.