States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|January 28, 2010||
BRIDGEPORT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL RACKETEERING CONSPIRACY CHARGE
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PHILLIP JOHN BAUCO, 56, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to one count of racketeering conspiracy stemming from his involvement in an illegal gambling operation.
According to court documents and statements made in court, BAUCO was a member of an illegal sports betting operation that utilized the internet to access an offshore betting service in order to facilitate the bets and payoffs. BAUCO’s principal function in the criminal enterprise was to collect money from gamblers and other bookmakers who worked for the enterprise. The investigation revealed that, in one instance, BAUCO collected more than $6000 in cash from a gambler. The investigation further revealed that BAUCO and other members of the enterprise visited a bookmaker in an attempt to coerce that individual to join the enterprise.
BAUCO and his co-conspirators used BAUCO’s business, Auto Town Sales in Stratford, to hold meetings related to the criminal enterprise, and to collect debts from other bookmakers and gamblers.
Judge Covello has scheduled sentencing for May 5, 2010, at which time BAUCO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police and the Milford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ray Miller.
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