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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Farmington Woman Sentenced on an Illegal Gambling Operation

St. Louis, MO – Carol Jean Hazer was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison after pleading guilty to running an illegal gambling business and filing false tax returns that failed to list her income from the gambling business.


According to court documents, Hazer organized and ran an illegal high stakes sports betting operation, in part by utilizing internet websites.  She engaged in money laundering and unlawful monetary transactions, including the purchase of a house and a vehicle using the proceeds of their crimes.  Hazer also filed false tax returns trying to conceal the income from the illegal gambling business.  The gambling business accrued nearly $500,000 in revenue during its operation.


On January 16, 2017, Samuel Douglas Hazer, Carol Hazer’s ex-husband, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison following a plea of guilty to multiple counts of running an illegal gambling business and money laundering. 


Hazer, 60, of Farmington, pled guilty in October to one felony count of illegal gambling business; one felony count of interstate activity in furtherance of gambling; one felony count of money laundering; and four counts of filing a false tax return.  She appeared today for sentencing in front of U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Autrey. 


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Gwen Carroll is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated January 17, 2018