Monday, October 26, 2009

Sentencing of BETonSPORTS Founder Gary Kaplan is Postponed

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 1:31 PM

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Gary Kaplan, the founder of the now-defunct offshore cyber-gambling empire known as BETonSPORTS, was slated to be sentenced on federal racketeering charges in U.S. District Court tomorrow.

But that proceeding has been rescheduled for November 2 at 1:30 p.m.

U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson granted the change at the behest of Kaplan's Texas attorney, Chris Flood. Flood has been clocking some serious overtime trying to acquit Kaplan's brother-in-law, Warren Hoeffner Jr., in a fraud and money-laundering case. Hoeffner, a Houston attorney, was indicted in 2007 for his alleged participation in a bribery scheme. The seven-week trial was declared a mistrial.

Flood asked for Kaplan's sentencing to be postponed because the Hoeffner trial has kept the defense attorney from properly preparing for Kaplan's hearing.  

Sentencing for other former BETonSPORTS employees is scheduled as follows:

Penelope Ann Tucker, bookkeeper and Kaplan's assistant: November 3, 2009, at 11 a.m.

Neil Kaplan, Gary Kaplan's brother and a former director: November 3, 2009, at 1:30 p.m.

Lori Beth Kaplan Multz, Gary Kaplan's sister and a former director: November 3, 2009, at 2:30 p.m.

David Carruthers, the former CEO: January 8, 2010. 

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