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Brandon Men Sentenced for Transmission of Wagering Information

March 4, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that two Brandon men charged with Transmission of Wagering Information were sentenced on March 4, 2011, by Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Christopher J. Reisch, age 35, was sentenced to eight months of home confinement, three years of probation, and ordered to pay a fine of $3,000. His father, Michael J. Reisch, age 56, was sentenced to six months of home confinement and three years of probation. Additionally, Michael Reisch reached a settlement agreement with the government in which he agreed to forfeit over $750,000 worth of assets, including cash, a vehicle, and his home.

The charges stem from Michael J. Reisch and Christopher J. Reisch engaging in a bookmaking business, frequently known as “Luverne Sports Service.” The defendants took bets on football, basketball, and baseball games for both college and professional sports. On January 10, 2009, at Michael Reisch's home in Brandon, each of the defendants engaged in conversations with customers in Omaha, Nebraska, and Rock Rapids, Iowa, who called the defendants on the telephone to place bets on sporting events. Those telephone conversations entitled one of the parties to receive money or credit as a result of the bets. Both men pled guilty to the charge on November 18, 2010.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

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