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Stamford Man Pleads Guilty To Leading Illegal Gambling Ring

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that STEPHEN JOYCE, 45, of Stamford, pleaded guilty today before Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to one count of operating an illegal gambling business.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between January 2008 and August 2011, JOYCE led a lucrative illegal sports bookmaking operation in Stamford that involved at least five other bookmakers.

On July 27, 2011, investigators conducted a court-authorized search of JOYCE’s Stamford residence and seized extensive gambling records, a laptop computer and other items.

Judge Covello has scheduled sentencing for December 17, 2013, at which time JOYCE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000. 

JOYCE also has agreed to forfeit $175,000 in gambling proceeds.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI Fairfield County Organized Crime Task Force, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Stamford Police Department, the Bridgeport Police Department and the Connecticut State Police.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Chen.


Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722

Updated March 18, 2015