, the erstwhile emperor of the BETOnSPORTS
offshore, online gambling outfit, have rolled in the federal racketeering case brought against them by the federal government.Neil Kaplan
, Lori Kaplan-Multz
and Penelope Ann Tucker
yesterday each pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering before U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson. Kaplan and Kaplan-Multz, who worked at the gambling operation for several years apiece, also each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.
The number of defendants cooperating with the government now number *six,* and include the Scotsman David Carruthers
, BETOnSPORTS' former CEO.
Two defendants remain at large in the case and are believed to be hiding out overseas.
The government is currently in the process of seizing some $180 million in assets held by the Kaplan siblings in overseas accounts and corporations. A 2000 Bell 407 Helicopter is among the assets being forfeited.
, meanwhile, continues to vigorously fight the charges against him. Trial is set for September 21, 2009.
Kaplan was arrested in March 2007 in the Dominican Republic and remains
locked up at the St. Louis County Justice Center. He has tried numerous
times to be released on bond, but the federal judges assigned to the
case have denied every request.
This spring Kaplan again asked to be released to help care for his
children; according to a motion filed by his attorneys, he has only
seen the kids once since his arrest.
Neil Kaplan, Lori Kaplan-Multz and Penelope Ann Tucker will be sentenced on September 15 this year.