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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 20, 2020

4 men facing criminal charges for illegal gambling business that netted more than $3 million

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Four Corpus Christi men are set to appear in federal court following the return of an indictment in relation to the operation of an illegal gambling business, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

The indictment was unsealed today and charges Nathan Nichols, 44, Richard Nunez, 47, Richard Conlon, 56, and Douglas Wells, 51, with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and four counts of operating an illegal gambling business. They are expected to appear for their arraignment Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jason B. Libby.

From March 13, 2018, to Aug. 1, 2019, the men allegedly owned, operated or managed an illegal gambling business in Corpus Christi. The charges allege they also conspired to launder funds generated from that enterprise.  

According to the indictment, Nichols, Nunez, Conlon and Wells concealed and disguised the nature, location, source, ownership and control of the illegal gambling proceeds.

During the course of the investigation, authorities allegedly seized several million dollars, gold bars and multiple vehicles, including a Lamborghini.  

If convicted, all face up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $500,000.00 maximum fine.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeremy C. Fugate, Neel Kapur and Joel Dunn are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

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Financial Fraud
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Updated August 20, 2020