CLIENT CHARGED WITH FELONY CHARGES IN QUEENS COUNTY INCLUDING CONSPIRACY TO ENGAGE IN A GAMBLING ENTERPRISE AND MONEY LAUNDERING PLEADS GUILTY TO ONE MISDEMEANOR COUNT AND RECEIVES NO JAIL TIME
Steven Brill from Sullivan Brill represented a client who was accused of running a gambling ring in Queens County. According to the DA's indictment, their client was initially charged with with Enterprise Corruption, Money Laundering in the Second Degree, Money Laundering in the Fourth Degree (9 counts), Promoting Gambling in the First Degree (50 counts), and Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree. The Enterprise Corruption charges were based on the allegation that Sullivan Brill's client ran an illegal bookmaking operation, which operated in Queens County and elsewhere in New York State. It was estimated that the ring took in hundreds of thousands of dollars in sports-betting wagers over a two-year period by accepting wagers on a wide variety of sporting events - including professional and college basketball, football, hockey, and baseball, primarily through telephones and internet web sites. The evidence came in the form of eavesdropping warrants, phone records and undercover officers. If their client was convicted of these charges, he was facing upstate prison time.
After over a year of court appearances, motion practice and plea negotiations, Steven Brill successfully negotiated a plea agreement, where their client had to plead guilty to only one misdemeanor count, and would receive no jail time.