US District Judge Virginia Kendall sentenced Vincent “Uncle Mick” DelGiudice to 18 months in jail and ordered him to pay substantial restitution and a $3.5 million fine. According to the officials, Uncle Mick runs a profitable and illegal gambling syndicate.
Judge Kendall explained her ruling by stating that the gambling network was present at Illinois State University and featured two corrupt police officers. DelGiudice apologized to his family and the court before his conviction, claiming that his conduct was wrong.
Multiple People Involved
As per the authorities, the sentence handed down to DelGiudice is part of an enormous investigation involving over 1,000 gamblers and millions of cash. The matter even made it to the White House, where then-President Donald Trump pardoned Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher at the end of his tenure in 2021. Urlacher is the brother of Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. In February 2020, DelGiudice and Casey Urlacher were among ten people indicted for the gambling scheme.
Although most defendants escaped jail time, Nicholas Stella, a Chicago police officer, was indicted along with DelGiudice. Stella was given a one-year and three-month sentence. Gregory Paloian, a bookie, got a stiffer punishment, receiving two and a half years in jail.
It was not Stella’s first run-in with the law. He was sentenced to six months in prison for domestic violence in January 2021. His girlfriend contacted the police from a hotel near O’Hare International Airport, saying he threatened to murder her.
DelGiudice pled guilty in February 2021 and admitted running the illicit gambling enterprise from 2016 to 2019. He also revealed that a Costa Rican firm handled his gaming site and accounts. According to the plea bargain, DelGiudice sent $113,625 in 12 checks between 2018 and 2019.
Eugene DelGiudice, DelGiudice’s father, was also part of the gambling scheme; he collected money and distributed profits. He was also sentenced to three months of house confinement and one year of probation.
While DelGiudice confessed to his wrongdoings, he indicated that he operated the company in Orland Park, Woodridge, Chicago, Frankfort, and Lemont. Agents were on hand to assist him in accepting multiple bets on football, baseball, basketball, college sports, and hockey.
In April 2019, the authorities searched his home and found jewelry, silver, two cash-counting devices, gold bars, and more than $1 million in cash.
Prosecutors claimed last month that DelGiudice intended to continue running the unlawful gaming company even after his prosecution in February 2020. On the other hand, his defense counsel stated that most gambling activities ceased after the raid on DelGiudice’s residence.
Federal officials regarded the enterprise as the most prominent, longest-running, and lucrative illegal gambling network ever tried in a federal court in Chicago. Reports indicate the illicit business made more than $8 million in profit in 2018.
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