|US federal prosecutors have alleged that BetOnSports’ founder Gary Kaplan had made plans to escape to a neutral country that wouldn’t hand him over to US authorities, in their bid to prevent his release on bail prior to facing charges of racketeering and fraud.|
According to prosecutors, Kaplan was in ownership of a handcuff key, five passports and cash in four different currencies.
BetOnSports pleaded guilty last week in relation to a racketeering conspiracy charge, a move which has landed the company with a $500,000 (£251,880) fine plus billions of pounds in forfeitures. The agreement has not ended the case against Kaplan and Chief Executive David Carruthers, for which a trial date has still not been confirmed.
Kaplan's father-in-law Warren Hoeffner argued that Kaplan said that he would not leave the country, claiming that he would be willing to put up his houses, worth an estimated $6.6 million, to guarantee Kaplan's attendance in court.