BetOnSports: Shooting the MessengersPublished August 11, 2008 by OCR Editor
With BetOnSports website already suffering charges placed against them since 2006, it looks as if three more people have been entangled into their web. The Lenis family of 3 men have pleaded guilty to promoting BetOnSports company to US Attorney's office.
A family of men and almost a daughter too entered and received guilty pleas to federal charges on Wednesday August 6, 2008 in St. Louis Missouri for involvement in BetOnSport's Gambling Corporation.
BetOnSports Corporation has been the subject of a high profile investigation since 2006 where the US Attorney's office accused, charged and won the case for the company accepting any bets from US Gamblers. The company itself even pleaded guilty to the charges.
William Henan Lenis. 55 years old, is the owner and operation of both Mobile Promotions and Direct Mail Express, advertising companies which promoted BetOnSports from the years of 2000 to 2006.
Mobile Promotions would send a mobile home emblazoned with the BetOnSports company logo, to sporting events all over the country to garner interest. Direct Mail Express mailed fliers and ads out nationwide.
His son Will, 28, and nephew Manny, 29, worked for him. Will pleaded guilty to transmission of wagering information and Manny for a misdemeanor of failing to pay a wagering tax. The daughter Monica's charges were dropped in a plea agreement.
Don't shoot the messenger...
The attorney for the Lenis family stated that "These are the marketing people that do direct mail, the advertising," Ross said. "They have nothing to do with the operation of the Web site, gaming - nothing. The government has launched this campaign against Internet gambling. Unfortunately, they sometimes leave in the wake the people who were not necessarily involved."
Sentencing is set for October 24, 2008.