Bookie Gets a Year in Federal Pen

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

North Suburban Man Sentenced to a Year in Federal Prison for Illegal Sports Bookmaking and Tax Offenses

CHICAGO — A north suburban man was sentenced today to a year in federal prison for operating an illegal sports bookmaking business and filing false income tax returns.

DOMENIC POETA, 63, of Highland Park, unlawfully operated a business that provided sports betting and wagering services, both domestically and abroad. 

From 2012 to 2017, Poeta obtained more than $3.7 million from the operation of his bookmaking business. 

Poeta failed to report his receipt of this income in the federal and state tax returns that he filed for each of those years, resulting in a federal and state tax loss of approximately $1,486,363.

Poeta pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of transmission of wagering information and one count of filing a false tax return.  U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly imposed the sentence in federal court in Chicago.


The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Tamera Cantu, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago; and John Crawford, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Regional Office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of Inspector General.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick King.


Bookie Gets a Year in Federal Pen — 8 Comments

  1. Is he part of the crew that Brian Urlachers brother, Casey, mayor of Mettawa is wrapped into?

    Idiots doing this right before sports betting became legal in Illinois.

  2. Wow, one year in jail for almost 4mm in illegal income, that sounds like a deterrent?? The prosecutors are so soft, they seem to suffer from E.D. like their boss George Soros. I have seen a DUI get a stiffer sentence than this. Pun intended.

  3. No, you haven’t.

    DUI is a misdemeanor. Stop lying.

    The only way you saw someone get more than a year from a DUI was if they did it at least three times or they killed someone.

    And we don’t lock people up for life for income tax crap nor should we. It’s meant to send a message to not do it again.

    Go spend a year in a federal prison and then come back and tell us what a cakewalk it was.

    We’re talking about sportsball bets not an armed robbery…

  4. Manafort got more than a year for tax evasion and probably less than this financially?

  5. Correcting, people do go for over a year on a DUI, if it’s a death case or it’s the 4th DUI conviction.

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