Seven people in Hawaii have been arrested for their roles in what the FBI is calling a sophisticated illegal betting operation which has been in business for the last three years.
FBI Special Agent Tom Simon revealed that those arrested in the ring to be Eric Ford, 45; Marlo Banasan, 34; Matthew Phillips, 39; Kendale Limahai, 47; Robert Bland, 35; Jonah Yardley, 37; Trevor Carter 24, and Barbara Ford, 44. An eighth person in Arizona in Arizona is expected to be arrested soon.
According to officials, the ring was operating from a shell company named the Aloha Spring Water Company in Kailua Kona. The ring allegedly offered illegal sports betting, craps, and poker games.
The FBI alleges that the ring brought in as much as $2,000 a day for more than three years and hid money that was being made from the IRS.
Commenting on the case Simon said: “The indictment alleges millions of dollars of illegal betting activity that was going on with this ring as well as some of the activity of them structuring deposits to hide the activity that was going on and that’s why the IRS was involved."
If found guilty of the government's alleged crimes the defendants could each face more than five years in prison.