North Canton Man Faces Gambling-Related Charges
Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced the filing of a two-count Information charging Joseph Udeck, age 70, of North Canton, Ohio, with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and the transmission of wagering information.
Count 1 of the information alleges that from at least as early as January 1, 2000, and continuing up to and including May 1, 2011, Joseph Udeck conspired to launder money generated from an illegal sports bookmaking operation.
Count 2 of the information alleges that Joseph Udeck engaged in the business of betting and wagering and with using one or more wire communication facilities for the transmission and interstate commerce of bets and wagers and information assisting in the placing of bets and wagers on one or more sporting events and contests.
If convicted, a defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including a defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, a defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The investigation preceding the information was conducted by the United States Secret Service and its Money Laundering Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert E. Bulford and Robert J. Patton.
An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.