A Wichita man has received two years of supervised probation for operating a gambling business and failing to pay income taxes on the proceeds.
68-year-old Danny Chapman pleaded guilty to one count of operating an illegal gambling business and one count of tax evasion. He agreed to forfeit more than $1.6 million in cash, along with cars, jewelry and other items.
Chapman admitted working as a sports bookmaker in the Wichita area and he had at least five people working for him. He took bets from clients on sporting events and collected from clients who lost their bets, and he arranged for clients to place bets through online gambling web sites that were created and hosted in Costa Rica. Federal prosecutors said the operation grossed as much as $2,000 in a single day.
Chapman admitted failing to pay almost $345,000 in federal income taxes on his earnings from illegal gambling.