Gambling Kingpin Returned to Prison - Saturday 20th of May 2006

PENNSYLVANIA – As reported by the Tribune-Review (Pennsylvania): "The former kingpin of Western Pennsylvania's largest video poker empire was sent back to federal prison Wednesday for returning to his old ways running an illegal gambling operation and associating with known felons.

"John Francis 'Duffy' Conley, 43, of the South Side, was sentenced to four years by U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab for violating the conditions of his supervised release…

"Conley was arrested in February after a state and federal investigation determined he was running a multimillion-dollar sports betting and video poker ring.

"… wiretaps from the investigation showed that Conley handled $3 million in bets in less than a month late last year…

"…wiretaps revealed Conley was the central figure in a sports betting ring using a stable of bookies from Allegheny County to Las Vegas and offshore casinos in the United Kingdom and Costa Rica."

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