|A wire-tap investigation into illegal online betting, using email monitoring for the first time, has resulted in the conviction of a number of Wisconsin people. |
Duane Pede, 52, and Jeff D'Ambrosia, 42, are two of six people convicted so far. Pede was the owner of Gold Medal Sports, a “sports information business.” D'Ambrosia ran a ‘tout’ service -- “a way for gamblers and bookies to get recommendations on how to bet,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The two men combined their services to become Sports Spectrum.
When they began advertising their new betting service to the customers of their other, respective services, the IRS took notice. IRS agents, posing as gamblers, wagered up to $1,000 on bets phoned in to Sports Spectrum or Gold Medal in an effort to prove a connection between the two operators. Surveillance of their emails provided the conclusive evidence.
The total of six involved in the operation have yet to be sentenced, and a seventh will face trial in May for allegedly helping Pede and D’Ambrosia stow their profits in offshore banks.