From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
William Lisle, 57, Joplin, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to operating an illegal gambling operation over the Internet, according to a statement by David Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.
Lisle also pleaded guilty to money laundering.
Co-defendant Kenneth B. Lovett, 72, of Joplin, pleaded guilty on May 18.
Lisle and Lovett admitted that they used the Internet to transmit wagering information, including placing bets on sporting events, as part of their gambling business from Jan. 1, 2003, to Feb. 8, 2011.
Lovett, who was primarily engaged in wagering on National Football League games, took on Lisle as a partner in 2006. Lisle and Lovett shared income and expenses equally until 2010, when Lisle’s share of income and expenses increased to 60 percent, according Ketchmark’s office.
Lisle and Lovett used two Internet Web sites, with servers located in Costa Rica, to administer the bookmaking operation. Their gambling operation flourished when they began using the offshore gambling Web sites in 2006. The number of their customers and the amount they wagered increased. For example, according to the plea agreement, one gambler would wager as much as $35,000 a weekend during football season.
Lisle also sent cashier’s checks, payable to a false name in an effort to conceal the transfer, to the Costa Rican company that operated the Web sites.
By pleading guilty, Lisle must forfeit to the government $98,263 that was seized from his residence by law enforcement, which was the proceeds of gambling activity.