Two men from Chicago face charges of tax evasion and running an illegal internet gambling operation after a bust by U.S. authorities this week.
Anthony Buttitta and his father Dominic face charges of conspiracy to impede the Internal Revenue Service in the collection of taxes as well as operating an illegal internet gambling business. The two men were charged in U.S. District Court and face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count plus court costs, plus payment of all back taxes as well as a penalty plus interest.
Authorities claim that the two men ran Elgin Enterprises Inc.'s "Blackjack Gentleman's Club", which was targeted for the tax evasion charge. As the investigation into that business began, it was discovered that the men also ran theredhotel.com, largejoe.com and skybook.com, sites that conducted illegal gambling activity.
The sites saw around $1 million gross wagers collected, which reportedly brought the defendants around $400,000 in profit. The money collected as profit was then used to make payments on a condos in Costa Rica and Las Vegas, as well as a home in St. Charles, along with credit card payments.
The case against the two also seeks a forfeiture of $400,000 as illegal proceeds.