A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging five Stark County residents with conspiracy to launder more than $530,000 obtained through the operation of an illegal sports bookmaking operation, said U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach.
They are: Joseph D. Nemeth, 49 and Rhonda S. Albaugh, 45, both of Uniontown; and Joseph M. Nemeth, 75, Helen C. Nemeth, 75, and Robert T. Johns, 66, all of Canton, are indicted in count one with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.
Joseph D. Nemeth faces an addition count of transmitting wagering information in interstate commerce.
He is accused of being 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.
The indictment alleges that all of the defendants from conspired to launder at least $530,000 generated from an illegal sports bookmaking operation between 2004 and 2013.
All but $15,000 of these transactions occurred after November 1, 2008, according to the indictment.
Joseph D. Nemeth conducted a sports bookmaking operation by accepting wagers on professional and college basketball and football games. He collected a percentage off the bets and used offshore Internet gambling services to record and process bets placed by his gamblers. He travelled to various businesses and residential locations to meet with bettors, reconcile accounts and collect or pay money, according to the indictment.
Joseph D. Nemeth instructed Robert Johns and other gamblers to pay some of their loss debts to him by paying Rhonda Albaugh by check, which she then deposited into various bank accounts.
Joseph D. Nemeth and Albaugh opened numerous credit card and bank accounts and utilized them to receive payments from various gamblers. They also took illegal gambling proceeds and invested them into real estate and construction projects, which were titled in the names of others, including Helen Nemeth and Joseph M. Nemeth, according to the indictment.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the United States Secret Service and its Money Laundering Task Force.