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Legends Sportsbetting Defendant Avoids Prison Time

A defendant connected with former Costa Rican sportsbetting site Legends has managed to avoid going to jail for his role in helping operate the gambling ring, which was operating though channels connected to the United States.

Craig Hayner (44) was sentenced this week in US Federal court to pay a hefty $250,000 penalty for his role in the scheme, but avoided the prison time that he was facing. Hayner is one of 34 people who were indicted by the US government in the case, and is the fourth to have reached a plea deal with the government.

Legends was a popular sportsbook and casino operating out of Costa Rica until it was shut down earlier this year. The group is thought to have brought in more than $1 billion during its years of operation. It is thought that a Legends employee ended up revealing the group's illegal betting activities to federal investigators.

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