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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Stamford Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Operating Illegal Sports Gambling Business

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that STEPHEN JOYCE, 45, of Stamford, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 12 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for operating an illegal sports gambling business.  JOYCE was also order to forfeit $175,000 and a pay a $3,000 fine.

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.

On September 24, 2013, JOYCE pleaded guilty to one count of operating an illegal gambling business.

This matter was 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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Chen.


Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722

Updated March 18, 2015