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Illegal, international, online gambling ring masterminded by Palm Beach County man, cops say

By Alexandra Seltzer - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Authorities busted an illegal, international, online gambling ring this week which allegedly stemmed from the works of a Palm Beach County man.

Arrested in the case were Philip Gurian of Boca Raton, Alan Gould of Plantation, Jay Goldman who resides in Lake Worth and also Saratoga Springs, New York and Michele Lasso-Barraza, a citizen of Panama who also lives in Delray Beach.

Gurian and Lasso-Barraza face charges of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments while Gould and Goldman face charges of transmission of wagering information.

Gurian was the “master agent,” or bookie, who instructed Lasso-Barraza what to do. Gurian used software to place between 40 and 50 bets on one team at a time, according to a federal criminal complaint. He’d turn over a portion of his illegal gambling proceeds to owners of the websites he used.

He made about $150,000 a day through the ring and employed at least five people who worked in states including Florida, Texas, California, New York and Indiana, and countries such as Mexico, Panama and Russia. The illegal ring started in 2009, the complaint says.

Authorities were able to tap into Skype conversations between Lasso-Barraza and Gurian and determined that Lasso-Barraza would transfer money made in the ring to bank accounts in Panama. She had visas and passports that allowed her to travel to and from Panama, the complaint says.

Two Albany County correction officers in New York were also arrested in the ring, The Daily Gazette reported. Timothy Robillard and James Cerniglia face charges of felony enterprise corruption.

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