3 men plead guilty in gambling site case

Thursday, August 7, 2008 | 6:04 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS - Three Florida men associated with the online gambling firm BetOnSports pleaded guilty to federal charges on Wednesday.

William Hernan Lenis, his son, Will Lenis, and nephew Manny Lenis entered the pleas in St. Louis.

The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis in 2006 accused BetOnSports, its executives and others of illegally accepting bets online. Later that year, the government settled civil charges against BetOnSports that permanently barred the company from accepting any bets from gamblers in the United States. The company itself pleaded guilty last year.

William Lenis, 55, pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of gambling paraphernalia. Will Lenis, 28, and Manny Lenis, 29, worked with him in promoting BetOnSports, the government alleged.

Will Lenis pleaded guilty to transmission of wagering information. Manny Lenis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of failing to pay a wagering tax.

Sentencing for all three men is Oct. 24.


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