A man is charged with one count of illegal gambling business and one count of money laundering in Arkansas. The man, Robert Enos Rogers, 72, has been operating sports betting business from his home since January 1, 2007. The business made around $2,000 a day and had five people involved in it by the February of this year.
The police seized around $7,438 from Rogers’ car, $11,257 from his house, around $60,000, $35,000 and $61,700 from each of the three-safe-deposit box he rented.
Rogers may face up to five years in prison and a possible fine of up to $250,000. He is currently out on $10,000 bond. Rogers also faces money laundering charges which carry a maximum ten years sentence and fine of $250,000 or twice the money laundered.
The government has also filed a forfeiture civil lawsuit against him, that could lead to the seizure of his family home, and other assets, including a lake house. The lawsuit was merged with the criminal case on Friday.
Rogers case is set for trial on October 2. He was arrested after a 10-month long investigation, with the search warrant issued on Feb 3. The investigators over the period of investigation collected many documents from Rogers trash bags that confirmed the suspicion. Robert later listed his house for sale. An FBI investigator posed as a buyer went to see the house, where he found slot machines, poker chips etc.