A Chicago police officer was sentenced to fifteen months in federal jail for being a bookie in a multimillion-dollar sports activities playing ring allegedly involving the brother of former NFL star Brian Urlacher.
Nicholas Stella, 43, was sentenced Thursday in Chicago after pleading responsible in April to being a key affiliate in a world playing ring run by Illinois businessman Vincent “Uncle Mick” DelGiudice, in accordance with the Division of Justice.
Prosecutors stated Stella admitted in a plea settlement to recruiting gamblers who wagered thousands and thousands on professional and faculty sporting occasions from 2016 by 2019.
Stella, whose legal professional stated he’ll doubtless lose his job as a cop after 19 years on the pressure, additionally recurrently met with bettors to pay out winnings or accumulate losses, prosecutors stated.
“Between my two large losers in Minnesota, they’ve dumped 73k,” Stella texted DelGiudice in December 2018, courtroom paperwork present.
Months later, as New England took on Los Angeles in Tremendous Bowl LIII, Stella despatched a message to DelGiudice shortly earlier than the February 2019 recreation asking him to contact gamblers on to “settle up” after the sport. The Patriots went on to beat the Rams 13-3 in Atlanta.
Stella apologized to a decide for his actions and admitted having a lifelong playing drawback that began as a baby when he guess on video games of Scrabble, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“I did use my very own product, and I used it an excessive amount of,” Stella stated whereas choking again tears and evaluating his actions to that of a drug supplier. “Each greenback I took in, I gambled away.”
Stella’s legal professional had sought time served for the disgraced cop — who’s at the moment on “inactive standing,” however will doubtless be terminated and lose his pension for the conspiracy conviction, the Tribune reported.
Stella, a former Marine, was on incapacity depart from the division through the time he labored as a bookie — usually spending his days at a poker machine whereas clutching a beer, legal professional Michael Clancy stated.
“He gambled in grammar faculty, he gambled in highschool, he gambled earlier than he was a police officer, he gambled whereas he was a police officer,” Clancy stated.
Stella and 9 others, together with Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher — the brother of former Chicago Bears Professional Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher — have been charged within the scheme in February 2020.
Brian Urlacher, who retired after the 2012 season, was not named within the indictment. He was voted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2018.
President Donald Trump later pardoned Casey Urlacher — who had pleaded not responsible to recruiting bettors within the scheme — simply hours earlier than leaving the Oval Workplace in January.
DelGiudice, who pleaded responsible to cash laundering earlier this 12 months, is awaiting sentencing.