Four arrested for roles in illegal gambling ring in Wenatchee

WENATCHEE – The Washington State Gambling Commission arrested four people from the Greater Wenatchee Area for their roles in an illegal soccer betting ring operation. This report comes from a press release posted by our Wenatchee news partners, Newsradio 560 KPQ. Three men, a 52-year-old, a 49-year-old and a 43-year-old, were arrested and booked into jail on charges of professional gambling in the second degree, leading organized crime and criminal profiteering. A 53-year-old female was also arrested and booked for professional gambling in the second degree. During the investigation, the commission found at least five businesses that were accepting and facilitating bets on professional soccer matches played in Mexico. Along with arrests, agents also seized property and cash believed to be proceeds from the betting operation. “Sports betting may be a hot topic right now, but regulated sports pools are currently the only legal form of sports betting in Washington State,” said Director Dave Trujillo. “This ring was a criminal organization and we will continue to protect the public by dismantling similar operations.” Over the Read More …