Stamford Man Gets 21 Months In Prison For Role In Bookmaking Operation

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A Stamford man was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his role in an illegal gambling ring. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A 52-year-old Stamford man was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in federal prison for his involvement in an illegal gambling ring controlled by organized crime, the U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut announced.

A long-term investigation led by the FBI Fairfield County Organized Crime Task Force, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the Stamford Police Department found that Douglas Corbin, along with 19 other individuals, was involved in a large-scale sports bookmaking operation and illegal card-gambling clubs. 

Corbin and others placed bets with offshore gambling sites, including 44wager.com, which is based in Costa Rica.

FBI analysis of the sports-betting website used by the defendants determined that the total gross revenues of the Stamford-based gambling operation were nearly $1.7 million from October 2010 to June 2011.

In addition, Corbin and others operated a card gambling club at 514 Glenbrook Road in Stamford, where a house percentage, commonly referred to as a “rake,” was collected from every hand played.

Corbin pleaded guilty to once count of conspiring to violate the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act on June 20, 2013. 

As part of his sentence, Corbin was ordered to forfeit $100,000 and will spend three years under supervised release after his prison sentence is completed. 

The matter is still under investigation by the FBI Fairfield County Organized Crime Task Force, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Stamford Police Department, the Bridgeport Police Department and the Connecticut State Police.

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