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Portland Man Pleads Guilty to Running an Illegal Gambling Business

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

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that William Flynn, 76, of Portland, Maine, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to running an illegal gambling business.

According to court records, between 2010 and April 7, 2017, Flynn was a participant in Stephen Mardigan’s illegal sports gambling business operating in Portland.  This business received bets on professional and college sporting events.  Flynn coordinated bets with Mardigan, shared profits and losses with him, and communicated regularly with him about sports lines, bets taken, and other aspects of the business.  Mardigan also served as the “bank” for Flynn’s bets. 

The defendant faces up to five years in jail and twice the gain on the gambling charge.  He agreed to forfeit $74,690.  He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Southern Maine Gang Task Force; the Portland, South Portland, Lewiston, Westbrook, Bangor, and Cape Elizabeth Police Departments; the Maine State Police; the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation; and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Updated June 8, 2018