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But HonorTheCall wants to be on the other end of the invisible, and frankly cosmetic scale of YouTube newsworthiness; more of a spectrum than a scale. Everyone yells curse words into the microphone. Unabashed value judgments, comparisons to Ebola and accusations of autism are common. Also, a lot of trust is placed on superficial Googling, balanced by limited fact-checking.
Growing up, he told me, he subscribed to two newspapers and a weekly magazine, all the time anchoring his homepage to his favorite news site of the moment. Journalism, to him, was a hobby, an entertainment, unparalleled by his interest in technology.
The action-adventure game Prince of Persia became his obsession. From then on, it was his go-to site for gaming walkthroughs, tips and news. YouTube hosts infinite channels dedicated to Call of Duty , which HonorTheCall devoured after his day job developing software.
Like many YouTubers, HonorTheCall scrutinized the technical aspects of his favorite videos and decided that, hell, he knew enough about Call of Duty to make his own channel. His work laptop could handle a decent video editor. Comprehensible and clear English, his third language, would prove to be a challenge, but he noticed that many other YouTubers had accents. He persuaded himself to publish his Call of Duty news videos. The issue, though, was that the allegations were just that.
Evidence was slim. It was unusual for him to pursue a news story outside the sphere of Call of Duty , but HonorTheCall was intrigued by the claims against FaZe Clan, the attention-guzzling frat boys of the first-person shooter scene. HonorTheCall wondered whether any other first-person shooter celebrities were in on the scheme. This time, the evidence was out there. For it to be found, someone only had to look. Their reactions were lunatic: Shrill laughter, blood-curdling screams of surprise.
He also taught his viewers—many, underaged—how to do the same. In the matter of a few minutes, HonorTheCall stumbled upon information—and, suddenly, evidence—that made him queasy. HonorTheCall had a measly 1, regular supporters.
But the evidence was out there, and sharing it was suddenly an ethical obligation:. HonorTheCall published the evidence in a brief, 4-minute video late June. On it, he shows screenshots from Bizapedia, the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations, corporationwiki. The evidence was difficult to deny, and totally damning. About a week later, YouTube megachannel h3h3Productions, with its 2.
The story was one of the most scandalous gaming news controversies all year.
Slowly but surely, the FTC is catching up with this new form of disclosure. The organisation has updated its guidelines twice since the CS:GO Lotto case was uncovered, although before now has done nothing more than send out warning letters to those who flout its rules.
Nor was there any reference to the fact that other gambling sites had rigged bets to ensure high profile YouTubers' would win while playing - so as to dupe others into thinking they would also be as lucky. Eurogamer interviewed one such YouTuber, Lewis "PsiSyndicate" Stewart, who admitted accepting thousands of dollars in exchange for recording rigged gambling videos. While TmarTn and Syndicate will not face punishment for their past actions, it is clear the episode has forced a necessary change.
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Tom is Eurogamer's news editor. He writes lots of news, some of the puns and all the stealth Destiny articles. Cyberpunk , Witcher 3 source code reportedly already up for auction following CD Projekt hack. Telltale's superb Tales from the Borderlands finally returns to stores next week.
Blizzard reveals full event schedule for next week's digital BlizzCon. Law firm investigates potential PS5 DualSense drift class action lawsuit. Martin has promised to issue an official statement about the controversy later today. My idea was to keep business business, while the focus of YouTube was simply making entertaining content. Obviously that was misleading to viewers and something I very much regret. That being said, everything we've done up until this point has been legal, that has been a 1 priority of ours.
The day it becomes illegal is the day we cease activity. Even worse for Martin is a transcript from another video, which reads:. I ended up following them [CSGO Lotto] on Twitter and stuff, and they hit me up and they're talking to me about potentially doing like a skin sponsorship Other prominent YouTubers have since been dragged into the controversy.
He claims that he was approached by the site, which provided him with valuable weapon skins to "randomly" unbox. He then acted as if they were random wins. For a brief period, users clicking through to the CSGO Lotto from Steam were shown a warning that the site may engage in phishing, scamming, spamming, or delivering malware.
However, Valve has since removed the warning. This isn't the first time that YouTubers—and Cassell in particular—have been in trouble over a lack of disclosure.
Ordinarily, such a video might be regarded as the soft of clickbait you'd see on a banner ad while browsing unscrupulous websites. But, with millions of subscribers, both Martin and Cassell have a captive audience to watch their videos. And now this audience has been turning out in droves to launch allegations of unethical behaviour and lack of disclosure against the two YouTubers.
Martin and Cassell have promoted numerous CSGO Lotto giveaways and made videos showing how players could win cash on the site. Despite serving as owners and vice-presidents of CSGO Lotto since December , at no point in any video did the pair disclose those connections, instead claiming that CSGO Lotto simply sponsored their videos.
Martin has promised to issue an official statement about the controversy later today. My idea was to keep business business, while the focus of YouTube was simply making entertaining content. Obviously that was misleading to viewers and something I very much regret. That being said, everything we've done up until this point has been legal, that has been a 1 priority of ours.
The day it becomes illegal is the day we cease activity. Even worse for Martin is a transcript from another video, which reads:. I ended up following them [CSGO Lotto] on Twitter and stuff, and they hit me up and they're talking to me about potentially doing like a skin sponsorship Other prominent YouTubers have since been dragged into the controversy.
Players can continue on to the site if they so choose, however. This is one of the latest developments in the week's worth of legal allegations and ethical complaints from Martin and Cassel's subscribers, CS:GO players and fellow YouTubers who have criticized the pair's lack of disclosure.
Today, Martin turned all of his CS:GO betting videos private, telling Polygon that he plans to issue an official statement about the controversy tomorrow, July 5. Both have used their YouTube channels, which have more than 10 million subscribers between them, to promote giveaways and the ability to win big on the site.
That's despite not making their business involvement apparent, instead claiming that the site sponsored them. In Martin's now-private videos, he encouraged fans to check out the betting site for themselves, failing to disclose the nature of his relationship to CS:GO Lotto. Cassel's videos remain online; watch one below. A page document about "effective disclosures in digital advertising" details the basic rules on its first page, including:.
Despite Cassel and Martin's videos' seeming violation of these guidelines, at most including mention of a sponsorship in the video description, Martin maintained on YouTube and social media that all of his videos were within the realm of legality. My idea was to keep business business, while the focus of YouTube was simply making entertaining content. Obviously that was misleading to viewers and something I very much regret.
I will always be more transparent from here on out! Scamming has been a major concern of users, who suggest that Cassel and Martin could have used their site to inflate their winnings or rig the betting system to their benefit. In a video that has since been made private, Martin said that at least "70 percent" of his videos featured him trading his own skins and throwing his own money on the line.
That video came in response to one by YouTuber HonorTheCall, who accused Martin and Cassel of faking their betting success in a detailed video summing up much of this research, below, posted the same day. Martin attempted to debunk these claims in his June 27 video , admitting his ownership while asserting that it had never been kept a secret, despite the lack of disclosure on videos.
Clips of the now-unavailable video can be seen in HonorTheCall's own response on June 30, below. In the video below, called "Deception, Lies, and CSGO," Klein goes in-depth and on the offensive as he also pokes holes in Martin's attempts to absolve himself of guilt. The video has gone on to be viewed more than 1 million times, prompting last night's social media responses from Martin and Cassel. The controversy is ongoing. Creators — including Cassel — were not required to disclose the payment.
He applied for disability insurance, and his practice was limited to giving expert testimony in medical cases. Now street-famous for his work with the Computer Group, Dr. Mindlin entered into the commodities business. Once more he turned to Michael Kent and Kent's friend, Mark Ricci who began work on a program for predicting the price of commodities futures.
Based on their efforts, Dr. Mindlin farmed a private commodities firm he called Commend, which may have served him in several ways. For one, he allegedly was able to launder money through Commend. Michael Kent's brother, John, in a sworn deposition last year. John Kent testified that he never did any work for Commend. Mindlin also found that commodities could serve as another point of contact with Irwin Molasky, who invested with him through Commend, according to Molasky's attorney Stanley Hunterton.
Mindlin also established a relationship with Dominic Spinale, who reportedly was a smalltime hoodlum with ties to Chicago mobster Tony Spilotro. Spinale happened to be under investigation by the FBI at the time his name was being used by Mindlin to open a betting account at the Stardust Hotel. If Mindlin could change one thing, he would probably never have become friendly with Spinale, which might have averted all of the troubles that engulf him today. Special Agent Thomas B. Noble has developed quite a reputation in the FBI for his six-year investigation of the Computer Group.
Quite sad, really. Everybody was saying, Forget about it, you haven't got anything. He Noble] is always saying how every case he's working on is the greatest thing. In the end, it never works out. He had not been there long when a gambling investigation of Dominic Spinale led him to Dr. Ivan Mindlin, who had opened a betting account at the Stardust Hotel in Spinale's name. A muted alarm began to ring between the ears of Thomas Noble. This had the look of a betting operation run by La Cosa Nostra.
The Mafia. Organized crime. Mindlin began to spend more time at his house in Vail, Colo. A second alarm went off. Another alarm. Michael Kent had the same attorney as Ivan Mindlin. Spinale was next observed by FBI operatives associating with a young blonde subject named Glen Walker, who walked with a pronounced limp the result of a high school football injury. Informants led special agent Noble to believe that Walker represented the Computer Group, the most successful gambling ring in the city, the gambling ring in which Dr.
Mindlin was an admitted member. The alarm in Noble's head was now whistling like a steaming tea kettle. Noble respectfully informed his superiors that he believed he had discovered one of the largest illegal bookmaking operations in the nation. The distinction between bookmakers and mere bettors is an important one. Though federal prosecution of illegal bookmakers declined in the s.
It is much more difficult to prosecute the mere bettor, because the laws weren't clearly written to apprehend him. In a case in Rhode lsland U. Robert Barborian and Anthony Lauro , the U. District Court ruled that the use of telephones or other wire communication for interstate gambling "does not cover an individual bettor, even if the bettor wagered substantial sums and displayed sophistication of an expert in his knowledge of odds making.
But special agent Noble was certain that he was chasing bookmakers. More agents were assigned to aid Thomas Noble. Surveillance was increased. Wire taps were approved in December Every day was a new adventure. Two years with the bureau and he was about to crumble the LCN's finest bookmaking ring with one squeeze of his fist.
Had it all started so quickly for J. Edgar Hoover? Walters operates a large bookmaking operation which be uses to place bets on desired games This allegation was the keystone of special agent Noble's investigation. Layoff bets, by definition, are made exclusively by bookmakers wishing to protect themselves against large losses by making bets with other bookmakers. The weekend would prove to be even more momentous for special agent Thomas Noble.
He had requested 43 separate raids to take place in 23 cities in 16 states - perhaps the largest series of coordinated gambling raids in history. He was right on. The members of the Computer Group were caught redhanded. Betting ledgers and hundreds of thousands of incriminating dollars were seized. All that remained before Thomas B. Noble could ascend toward the top of the FBI like a rocket toward the stars was this matter of legal paperwork.
He simply had to prove that the Computer Group was an illegal bookmaking operation, that it was in fact a strong arm of the LCN. Michael Kent and his brother, Bill, had been invited to spend the Super Bowl weekend at the home of Dr. Mindlin in Vail. First, he received cash and checks from Billy Nelson, the gambler who had originally brought Kent and Mindlin together and who now served as an aide to Billy Walters in the Computer Group.
Next Kent visited the cashier's cage at the Horseshoe Casino, where he showed the cashier a dollar bill scrawled with a series of handwritten numbers, a password of sorts. The cashier handed Kent cash from the account of Billy Walters. Kent says his brother Bill happened to be sitting on the doorstep of Mindlin's home in Vail on Saturday, Jan. What did you do that for?
Bill reached over and opened it. The FBI took down the names and addresses of the Kent brothers, and then Michael Kent sat and watched television while the FBI rummaged through the house, confiscating money, records and gambling paraphernalia.
An FBI agent was careful not so obstruct Kent's view while he was watching television. I remember we went out for lunch - Ivan too. Ivan seemed to be taking it very well. He didn't seem to be too overly concerned. Sources say that Mindlin, in his uniquely audacious manner, hired a private investigator to follow special agent Noble. But Michael Kent wasn't taking it very well at all. He had been detained by police only once before, he says. The night of.
Clearly they were all in some sort of trouble. He says it struck him then how very little he knew about the group he had created. One year earlier, special agent Thomas Noble had contacted Michael Kent about the check that had been endorsed by Dominic Spinale. At that time Kent had listened to Dr. Mindlin, who advised him not so worry. But, this matter of FBI raids was much more serious. At the advice of special agent Noble, Kent says he hired his own lawyer, separate from Mindlin.
Kent was referred to attorney Steven Brooks in Boston. As Brooks learned more about she gambling operation, he urged Kent to take precautions that would protect him from Mindlin. What does he know? He's a schmuck. Kent says he finally came so understand Mindlin's priorities. But Kent's attorney believes his client might still be loyal to Dr. Mindlin to this day, if not for the FBI's frightening raids five years ago. Dale Conway says he was sitting as his desk, placing a bet over the phone from his Salt Lake home, when he stood to answer a knock at the door.
In his driveway he could see a postal service truck. Conway opened the door to receive his mail and a man shouted, "FBI! He's sitting on the floor playing. They knocked on the door and I guess he didn't answer quick enough, because they just busted the door down. The door's still all busted. I just left it like it was. The government seemed to believe that Dale Conway was much more than a simple gambler. Johnson noted that Conway's money had been hidden in coat pockets and inside a box tied so a rope behind the furnace wall.
Johnson also said, "This is not your typical bookmaking operation, your Honor. You're talking , pages of computer printouts that have to be reviewed. It's set up like a corporation. If your Honor would like, I can even show a chart demonstrating the vast complexity of this case. The judge declined to view the chart.
Is was obvious that the strength of Eric Johnson's argument that day - and the strength of the case itself - was that the government was going to expose and arrest a national network of illegal bookmakers. Too many times to count, Eric Johnson referred to Dale Conway as a bookmaker.
He said Conway was just one of the many bookmakers involved in this investigation. He made it sound as though, once the government had learned so make sense of all she information is had seized, it would become easier to apprehend and bring to justice all future bookmakers. District Judge Bruce S. Jenkins in Salt Lake that day. Five years later, Dale Conway wonders when the rest of his "bookmaking evidence" will be restored so him.
When this matter is settled, he'd appreciate it if someone from the FBI would come by to fix the door. Some new bookies were in town, and they wanted to meet Billy Walters. So he came to the Desert Inn for lunch. There were also two other men whom Walters had never seen before. They introduced themselves as Danny Donnigan and John Cleary, though Glen Walker still wonders if those were real names. These guys just didn't fit in. The two men turned their attentions to the kingpin Billy Walters, asking him many questions as they buttered their bread.
Which is the most efficient method so establish a betting line? How does a fellow handle layoff bets? Basically they wanted Billy Walters to tell them how to become bookmaker. Later he asked to speak with Walker privately.
These guys aren't bookmakers. They don't know what they're talking about. The two men had mentioned that they'd recently moved from Louisiana. Walters wrote down the license number and passed it onto a private detective. I had no association wish them whatsoever. But Glen Walker could only envision pigeons and soft point spreads, easy money. He bet with the new bookmakers, and he was not the only one.
Fat Mat and his preppy bookies were quickly able to establish business all over town. For all of their dumb innocence, they were very sure of themselves. Fat Matt could be found hanging out literally at Gary Austin's sports book on the strip, passing out business cards. He was so brazen that, had the thought had occurred to him, he might have placed an ad in the newspaper: "Fall Malt's Illegal Bookmakers! We Take Bets From Anyone!
It is amusing now to imagine the strategy sessions held at FBI headquarters in Las Vegas in January , after 11 phone conversations between Glen Walker and the Marcus Sports Service had been intercepted.
Special agent Thomas Noble sprang into action! He assigned other agents to investigate the illegal bookmaking operation; intelligence filtered in. United States Code. Sections , c and d ," wrote Noble in the FBI affidavit, before his men went after Matt Marcus and tried to shut him down. And so, on Jan. Perhaps they even broke down some doors.
Certainly their firearms were loaded and ready. They raided the illegal bookmakers like they had never been raided before. Meanwhile, the men who worked with Matt Marcus sat in chairs and crossed their legs, perhaps smirking to each other from time to time. Then one day a pair of angry bettors marched into the office and demanded money they thought they had coming.
They might as well have tried to get a refund from, say. In other words. Nonetheless, they had guns. Real guns, loaded with real bullets. The men behind the Marcus Sports Service were scared almost to death. The Brooks Brothers colleagues of Fat Matt Marcus had been nothing more than governmental meter maids.
If you look carefully at the warrants, you'll see that we knew. We don't operate in a vacuum. The FBI now says that it went forward with the raid in order to give the IRS bookmaking operation more credibility in the streets. In layman's terms, one government agency raided another government agency in order to convince the criminals that the other government agency was not in fact a government agency, but was rather an illegal operation that happened to be run like a government agency.
Senators, Harry Reid and Richard Bryan, asked to see the records and reports of the undercover bookmakers, to learn what good had come from the sting. In his reply. IRS Commissioner Frederick Goldberg informed the senators that the records of Project Layoff, as it was named, were no longer available. They had been "disposed of. The rumor in Las Vegas is that these were accrued by the notorious Tony Spilotro who - as it turned out was simply continuing his career of stiffing the IRS.
The IRS is facing two Congressional investigations, and its Nevada office has been shaken up severely. But it's not as if the 1R5 is going to have to go through a terrible punishment, like, say, an audit. Billy Walters moved to Las Vegas eight years ago with his family and his immense ego and very little else.
He was worth more dead than alive, as they say. For too many years he had been operating a used-car dealership in his home state of Kentucky, and then gambling away the profits. He was in debt to several bookmakers, and he could not command credit. At 35, into his third marriage, with an ill son who was supposed to have died years before, Billy Walters believed he had no alternative but move to Las Vegas, to be a full-time professional gambler, to lay all that he had on this one final hand.
Walters can pinpoint his problems from those days, now that he is worth millions of dollars. As recently as , when he was preparing to leave Kentucky, he had lacked focus. He was a gambler, that was definite, but he had no idea how to gamble professionally. He wanted to win every single day. When he lost at the race track or when he lost betting games or when he lost playing poker or when he lost playing golf, he always felt compelled to get down another bet, to retrieve what he had lost that very day.
He recalls an evening in Kentucky when he was pitching nickels with a friend. The wagers grew until Billy Walters had lost his house - his house, from pitching nickels. Then he had to come home and tell his wife. Standing now in his kitchen, head down, hands in pockets, he seems to be recreating the scene.
And we might have to move. He kept the house, but he lost his wife. She left him. That was his second wife. Fifteen times I've come home where I've lost every single penny we've got," he says, as if revealing a scar. His father died when William Thurman Walters was not yet 2 years old, and his mother ran off, and his grandmother, who was a maid in Mufferville, Ky.
His uncle ran a pool hall. Billy Walters estimates that his first bet was made at the age of 5, when his uncle would assemble islands of Coke cases around a pool table so that the boy could reach the felt. As soon as he began to work, his grandmother charged him rent. He hustled pool, betting his rent money. He was not yet a teenager. At 13 he moved back in with his mother, in Louisville. At 16 he had fathered a child and married the mother. Some morning he worked till at a bakery, some nights it was 3 to 11 at a gas station.
Most days he went to school. Sometimes he ran a poker game - he was still just a teenager - in a house adjacent to Billy's Lounge. That marriage lasted one year. It's been much longer than a decade since he's seen his daughter.
His occupations have included newspaper boy, farmhand, shoe-shiner, baker, tobacco worker, foundry worker, painter, car dealer, realtor. To him, these were mere side jobs. In his mind he was a professional player - of pool, gin rummy, poker, blackjack, roulette, golf, the horses, whatever. He remarried and with his second wife had two sons, which has since led Billy Walters to decide that his own childhood was not so desperate.
His oldest son, Scott, should have been dead at the age of 5. After radiation they told us every day he was going to die. I stayed drunk the whole time. I was 26 at the time. It was the only thing in my life I wasn't able to handle. I neglected my business and my family and stayed drunk.
After nine months I went back to running the business. The business, he says, was a wholesale auto dealership in Louisville. They will celebrate their 14 th anniversary in September. She moved with him to Las Vegas in and served as his accountant when he began to move money for the Computer Group. She was indicted with him in January and expected to go to trial with him in November , if the case got that far.
Walters says he went to work for Dr. Ivan Mindlin in , making bets in Las Vegas and a few other territories. By then the Computer Group was four years old and churning out millions in profits each season. In return for his work, Walters received free use of the group's betting information.
Because he didn't have to share his profits with others, he might have been earning more from the Computer Group than Michael Kent, the computer wizard who so naively trusted Dr. For the first time in his life, Billy Walters was winning consistently and holding onto the money. He invested in real estate, fast food franchises and other ventures. His confidence was such that he could play golf matched for thousands of dollars. Apparently, Walters hired agents to take notes at the roulette tables, in attempt to locate "biases," or patterns, in the wheels.
Nobody knows his secret, and he isn't saying, though he admits he has been barred from playing roulette in the major casinos. Late in , Walters' reputation had risen so high that he was invited to join the Computer Group on a percentage basis. In other words, he would share in profits with Michael Kent, Dr.
Mindlin and other core members of the group. Walters continued to place additional bets for himself until January , when the FBI raided the group of its records and cash, shutting down Walters for the remainder of the college basketball season. He complains about harassment by the FBI, saying it confiscated funds and refused to transfer them to the IRS to pay his taxes. He claims he is persecuted in part because the government loathes his attorney, Oscar Goodman, a colorful Las Vegas lawyer who has represented many mob figures.
For three years they tell us the case is dead. Then all of a sudden, two weeks before the statute of limitations is going to run out, they come back with these indictments. The day before we were indicted, my attorney Goodman tried to contact the Strike Force to say we would be willing to turn ourselves in. The Strike Force wouldn't return his calls. The next day they come barging into my house, drag me out of bed, put my wife in leg irons.
I'm telling you, you don't believe it until you've gone through something like this, what the government can do to you. Walters says he agreed to give this, his first interview, out of a feeling of desperation. He perceives himself to be a rare gambling success story - a man who was in debt before he came to Las Vegas. At 43, he wonders why he isn't put forth as a role model. If you can get arrested for betting games here Then he admits that his life could be much worse.
Inviting a reporter upstairs, he visits with his son, Scott, 22, is no bigger than a year-old, and outside the house he wears a cap or wig to cover the hair loss caused by his cancer treatments. He recently got his first job, as a busboy at the Horseshoe casino downtown. His father says he could be no prouder of his son.
In this relationship the gambler is called "sir. At one time Irwin Molasky was vice president of Lorimar-Telepictures, which produced television shows ranging from "Dallas" to "The Waltons. There he lives atop the Regency Towers, which stands like a castle overlooking Irwin Molasky's kingdom. At one time the Regency Towers was known as a high palace for the mob. Irwin Molasky would surely argue that this no longer is the case.
Indeed, he commenced another debate over a piece of real estate in , when the subject was his California resort Rancho La Costa. At that time, Penthouse magazine reported the La Costa was controlled by "mobsters," that it served as their "power center," and that it used "illegal profits" from "the mob's worldwide operations. Molasky and his co-owner at La Costa, Merv Adelson, who at one time was chairman and chief executive at Lorimar, did not appreciate such unsavory allegations.
It is important that he be recognized as a sober and legitimate businessman. And in fact, Molasky has never bee charged with a crime. Molasky's attorney, Stanley Hunterton, readily admits that his client enjoys betting on ballgames, as do thousands of his fellow residents Las Vegas, where is can be a legal and rather social activity.
However, Dr. Ivan Mindlin was not interested in currying favor with thousands of legal bettors. He was interested mainly in Irwin Molasky. For years, Dr. Mindlin had been pretending to be the brains behind the Computer Group, claiming to be the inventor of its unbeatable program for forecasting ballgames. It appears that Dr. Mindlin was never much more than an intermediary for the group, as his own attorney admits today. But Mindlin surely knew how to maximize his position.
By sharing the group's betting information with Irwin Molasky, and making a winner out of Irwin Molasky, he became a friend of Irwin Molasky. When Dr. Mindlin needed help in the commodities business, who did he look to? Irwin Molasky, with whom he became partners in the purchase and sale of commodities, according to attorney Stan Hunterton.
Michael Kent, the mathematician who established the Computer Group's forecasts, recalls hearing Dr. Mindlin speak of Molasky in Well, for some reason that day, the team we took had jumped up to 5 points - which almost never happened.
Usually when we took a team, the points went in our direction. That day they sold their bets on the underdog at 4 points to Molasky. And we were able to use the money to bet on the 5, which was a better bet. As the Computer Group investigation lay dormant from , Molasky and everyone else using the group's information appeared safe from prosecution. Then, in , the government began to resurrect its case.
Molasky hired Hunterton, who says he had served as a special attorney within the Organized Crime Strike Forces for 10 years, until Hunterton acknowledges that he was involved in the early stages of the government's case against the Computer Group, approving requests made by FBI special agent Thomas Noble. But Hunterton denies the assertion, made by others in the group, that representing Molasky was a conflict of interest. Using his contacts - which the attorney admits were the reason Molasky hired him - Hunterton reportedly was able to win immunity for Molasky, in return for his testimony before the grand jury.
However, Molasky's testimony seems to have been a mere formality. Irwin Molasky's record as a law-abiding citizen was thus preserved, and his good name has been spared. However, some of the indicted members of the Computer Group think he may not be entirely finished with this business - not yet, anyway.
If their case goes to trial in November, as scheduled, they plan to subpoena Molasky and question him vigorously, not only about his betting with Ivan Mindlin, but also regarding his attorney, Stanley Hunterton, who played both sides as effectively as anyone in the Computer Group ever had.
After he had been raided by the FBI in January , Michael Kent began to ask the kinds of questions he should have been raising long ago. So began the end of the Computer Group. He wanted to know how the group was run, and what became of his information after he gave it to Dr. Mindlin, and how much money his program actually was generating.
His partners in the computer group informed Kent that his precious information was being shared with the outside world in ways that could only profit Mindlin. Mindlin even seemed to profit from the FBI's raids. Kent alleges that when the raids shut down the group's activities six weeks into the college basketball season, Mindlin claimed the group had simply broken even on its bets to that point. Therefore, no profits would be paid to any members of the group.
By Kent had hired a lawyer of his own, Steven Brooks of Boston, who advised him that many of his current practices with Dr. Mindlin were either illegal such as Kent's failure to pay taxes or inexplicable his failure to oversee Mindlin's handling of the money. Kent says he tried to change the way he conducted business with Mindlin, but had little success. Wary that he could not account for the actions of his partner, Michael Kent nonetheless kept trying to deal with Mindlin.
In return, Kent would tell Mindlin which teams to play and how much to bet, and Mindlin could keep all profits. However, Kent says, the forecasts lost money for Mindlin in the first week, at which point he canceled their agreement.
At this point Michael Kent was at the end of his rope. He had placed all of his trust in Dr. In return Mindlin had seemed to treat him like a son. The truth of their relationship, Kent now believed, was that he had been playing the fool to Mindlin for all these years. They suspect that he owes them more, but in all likelihood they will never be able to prove it.
Kent agreed to explain what he knew about the Computer Group and turn over evidence. In exchange, he was granted immunity from prosecution. Today he accuses Kent of extortion. Mindlin, If you don't pay me the money you owe me, then I'm going to the feds with you.
Indeed, Kent's lawsuit revived the government's interest in its dormant case against the Computer Group. Kent is a bright guy in mathematics. He knows numbers like nobody else. But he's absolutely dumb from a common-sense standpoint. And Kent had no idea.
Yet Billy Walters admits that he too was fooled by Mindlin. I was the guy who moved the money. By , the Computer Group was dead, victim of a human virus. Vanity and greed had infected its affairs. The computer wizard, Michael Kent, was refusing to supply his information, and the gambler, Billy Walters, was refusing to move the money.
Yet Dr. Mindlin was still in business. He hired Kent's friend, Mark Ricci, of all people, who in the 's had worked with Kent at Westinghouse. Mindlin's new group had its run of modest success, but it could not begin to compare with the impact he had made with the Computer Group.
Indeed, the doctor was something of a tragic figure, broken by his own greed, devastated personally as well as professionally. While trying to recoup his relationship with Michael Kent, the doctor had engaged in a worldwide, yearlong search to find a cure for his only son, Gary Mindlin. In the end, he succumbed to a cancerous brain tumor, the same type from his Billy Walters's son had been so miraculously spared. The another tragedy struck the Mindlin household. In , the doctor's wife, Georgia Mindlin, died from respiratory failure consistent with an allergic reaction.
The coroner found that she was probably allergic to penicillin - penicillin that she apparently received from her husband, the doctor. The autopsy report indicated that Georgia Mindlin, 56, was suffering from a sore throat on March 19, Mindlin admitted to giving her to milligrams of penicillin, which she took orally, after her evening meal. Some 25 minutes later she told her husband that she wasn't feeling well. She got out of bed and collapsed, falling into cardiorespiratory arrest.
The doctor called for an ambulance. The police arrived at p. Police say that Dr. Mindlin attempted to revive his wife with a shot of adrenaline after her airway had closed off in reaction to the penicillin. Once the airway closes off, oxygen can't get to the brain. Vail police lieutenant Corey Schmidt says he conducted his investigation of Georgia Mindlin's death without interviewing her husband.
When Michael Kent was deposed last year for his lawsuit against Mindlin, the doctor's attorney questioned him repeatedly about the death of Georgia Mindlin. Kent admitted that the FBI had indeed asked him about it, but said he'd known little of her death - as little as he had known about Dr. Mindlin's betting activities with the Computer Group. Schmidt is surprised to hear of the FBI's interest in Georgia Mindlin, considering that the Bureau never asked him for his report.
As for his own probe, Schmidt says he found nothing more than the hunches of relatives to make him suspect foul play. He declares the investigation inactive. His former colleagues say that Ivan Mindlin still has not given up. They say he works with a beard in Miami, using the same program Michael Kent developed 10 years ago. Kent himself would be the first to warn his successors that the business is no longer so easy. Kent has formed a legal sports betting corporation with two partners - his brother John Kent and their friend, Mark Ricci, who stopped working for Mindlin in When Michael Kent was a mere centerfielder, trying to decipher the strengths and weaknesses of his softball team at Westinghouse 18 years ago, there was no real computer science in sport.
Kent was at the leading edge of all that. Today every statistic is calibrated, measured. Every human decision can be backed by numbers. Michael Kent was among the first to find reason within the numbers. In November, if all goes as planned - and there is nothing in the history of this case to suggest that it will - his partners will be reunited in the courtroom once more Kent himself was granted immunity. Though Assistant U. Attorney Eric Johnson was the lead prosecutor in the government's investigation of the Computer Group five years ago, and though his name is listed atop the Jan.
At that critical point, the six-year case will be handled by Jane Hawkins, even though she has been an Assistant U. Attorney for less than two years. George, before whom - and a fine coincidence this is - she will be trying the case. Abandoned now by all the others who have worked on this case, Noble seems to be hanging out to dry.
He works for the FBI out of Chicago these days, his reputation stained. For six quixotic years he led the chase after the Computer Group in the belief that it was the largest bookmaking operation in the country. Following Noble's lead, the FBI obtained wiretaps on the group's telephones for five months, until there existed more than 1, hours of taped conversation, which then had to be laboriously reviewed and transcribed.
He requested and was granted the aid of special agents to follow the group's actions all over the nation. He provided information that resulted in raids of 45 homes or offices in 16 states. He requested a raid of the Internal Revenue Service. But he knew what he was doing! There were 89 boxes of evidence in government storage, much of it still there today. Then there was the matter of dealing with this vast array of people.
Every man and woman raided had a lawyer demanding appeasement. The government sent Eric Johnson and other attorneys to various sites, defending the FBI's right to retain evidence, including large amounts of cash. It is no easy thing to capture a group of criminals these days.
Thomas Noble still maintains his firm belief that the Computer Group was a criminal enterprise worthy of prosecution. But at what cost? Then, in January, after six years of investigation and review, after the case had been opened and shut and opened again, the indictments at long last came down in Las Vegas. Nineteen men and women were placed under arrest. Each was charged with up to counts of conspiracy, gambling and racketeering, related to their obvious use of the telephone to place bets and exchange betting information across state lines.
There was no charge of bookmaking. So the government admits, at last, that the Computer Group simply was betting on games. If not for Ivan Mindlin's careless association with a petty hoodlum, there might never have been a FBI inquiry.
But the inquiry began, and it was extended into the next decade by innuendo and intrigue, and by Thomas Noble's desire to understand how these people were earning so much money. Six years with Big Brother has not cured the Computer Group of its addiction to gambling. Of the 19 who were indicted in January, most are still gamblers. In a post that has since been deleted , Martin admitted that he owned CSGO Lotto and said he wished he had been more upfront about it. Research into the matter, however, suggests otherwise.
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