Gambling ring leader sentenced


ROBBERY.
THE LEADER OF A
DECADES-LONG GAMBLING
RING IS SENTENCED AFTER
A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION.
TERRY CROFFORD MADE
MILLIONS ILLEGALLY IN
SOUTHERN INDIANA, BUT
TODAY IN COURT, A JUDGE
SENTENCED HIM TO FOUR
YEARS PROBATION.
WLKY’S ERICA COGHILL
JOINS
US LIVE IN THE
NEWSROOM WITH MORE…
ERICA?
RICK, IT’S A STORY WE
FIRST BROUGHT YOU IN
2012… THAT’S WHEN
CROFFORD AND HIS CO-
DEFENDANTS HAD THEIR
FIRST DAY IN COURT.
TODAY WE LEARNED THEIR
FATE– NO JAIL TIME.
PROSECUTORS SAY
THEY’RE HAPPY WITH THE
DECISION.
BEHIND THE WALLS OF
THIS UTICA MOBILE HOME–
IS WHERE FEDERAL
OFFICIALS SAY AN ILLEGAL
GAMBLING RING WAS
THRIVING…
SOT
“…for the purpose of taking
the
wagers watching the games on
multiple electronics which we
seized
there.””
AT THE HEAD OF THE
OPERATION– 62-YEAR-OLD
TERRY CROFFORD.
FOR TWENTY YEARS
INVESTIGATORS SAY HE
RAN THE LUCRATIVE
ILLEGAL BUSINESS– WHICH
GOT HIM ABOUT TEN-
MILLION DOLLARS IN THE
BANK…
“…for which absolutely no
taxes
were paid.”
…AND A JEFFERSONVILLE
HOME IN THE GATED
COMMUNITY OF QUARRY
BLUFF.
A FEDERAL JUDGE
DECIDED WEDNESDAY–
CROFFORD KEEPS THE
HOME IF HE CAN PAY THE
GOVERNMENT 120-
THOUSAND DOLLARS OF
EQUITY– WITHIN 45 DAYS…
SOMETHING OFFICIALS ARE
NOT CONFIDENT HE CAN
PULL-OFF.
“We essentially took almost
everything the individual had.”
…THE MONEY IN
CROFFORD’S BUSINESS
AND PERSONAL
ACCOUNTS…SIX
VEHICLES… AND TWO
PROPERTIES.
A JUDGE ALSO ORDERED
CROFFORD PAY
THOUSANDS IN FINES AND
SENTENCED HIM TO FOUR
YEARS FEDERAL
PROBATION.
PROSECUTORS SAY
THEY’RE PLEASED WITH
THE DECISION.
“I don’t think it is
disappointing
because at the end of the day
were
able to stop an organization
that
was blatantly breaking the law.”
NOT ONLY IN INDIANA– THE
OPERATION ALSO
REACHED KENTUCKY, OHIO
AND FLORIDA.
BEHIND THESE FEDERAL
COURT WALLS– SEVEN
OTHER MEN RECEIVED
SIMILAR SENTENCES.
AUTHORITIES SAY THEY
HELPED CROFFORD RUN
THE RING– WHERE
SPORTS BETS WERE NOT-
SO-SECRETLY PLACED.
“This kind of activity was
widely
known.”
WHILE FEDS SHUT-DOWN
CROFFORD AND HIS MEN–
THE CASE IS STILL UP-
AND-RUNNING.
BUT AUTHORITIES WILL
NOT GIVE ANY DETAILS
ABOUT THE
INVESTIGATION.
PROSECUTORS SAY THE
JUDGE MADE HIS DECISION
BASED ON CROFFORD’S
AGE, LACK OF CRI
MINAL
HISTORY AND LOW-RISK
FOR RE-COMMITTING.
PROSECUTORS SA
Y THE
JUDGE ALSO POINTED-OUT
THAT WHILE CROFFORD
COMMITTED A SERIOUS
FEDERAL CRIME…IT WAS
NOT A VIOLENT ONE.

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