Crime & Courts

Wichita bookie who ran illegal sports gambling business must forfeit $1.6 million

A Kansas man who admitted to being a sports bookmaker and pleaded guilty to federal crimes has been ordered to forfeit more than $1.6 million in cash.

Danny Chapman, 68, of Wichita, agreed to forfeit the cash, as well as cars, jewelry and other items as part of his sentencing, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Chapman was sentenced Thursday to two years on supervised probation after pleading guilty in federal court to operating an illegal gambling business and tax evasion.

Chapman admitted in his plea that he was a bookie in the Wichita area and ran an illegal sports gambling business where he and his employees arranged online bets for clients, McAllister said. The online bets were made through a website hosted in Costa Rica. Chapman and his subordinates kept a portion of the money they collected from clients who lost their bets, and made as much as $2,000 a day.

He admitted he failed to pay nearly $345,000 in federal income taxes on the earnings, McAllister said.

The FBI investigated Chapman’s illegal gambling operation as part of a federal investigation that included wiretaps of prominent Wichita businessmen and a politician.

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