Last April 34 defendants were charged for their alleged roles in a gambling case with suspected ties to the Russian Mafia which took sports bets and ran poker tables for the fabulous people in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY, and to date federal prosecutors have secured 25 guilty pleas.
The most recent defendant to face his comeuppance was Edwin Tin who was sentenced on Tuesday to five months of hard time and ordered to forfeit $2 million as reported by Daniel Beekman for the Daily News: "the 42-year-old 'ran what was likely the largest and most high-profile illegal poker (game) in New York City for years,' prosecutors said in a pre-sentence letter," and "he agreed to carry thousands of dollars in cash from Las Vegas to New York for other figures in the mafia-tinged scheme, the feds said."
Other defendants in the gambling schemes who have pleaded guilty are Bryan Zuriff, the executive producer of the Showtime drama Ray Donovan who got six months of home confinement, and art dealer and spoiled playboy Hillel "Helly" Nahmad who will be sentenced on March 19.
Nahmad is represented by criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman who previously insisted on his client's innocence as previously reported by Vivian Yee for The New York Times:
Mr. Brafman, who is representing Mr. Nahmad with another lawyer, Paul Shechtman, said in a statement after the hearing, "We do not believe that Mr. Nahmad has knowingly violated the law." He also said, "We anticipate that he will be fully exonerated."
Apparently Mr. Brafman was wrong about that.