A California man was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in federal prison for his role overseeing an illegal Internet sports-wagering business.
Richard Allen Hancock, 68, of Yorba Linda, Calif., also must forfeit $1.45 million to the federal government.
He already has turned over more than $1 million he had hidden in a lockbox business in Newport Beach, Calif.
Hancock pleaded guilty in Oklahoma City federal court in March to illegal gambling and money laundering.
“I’ve not been involved in gambling for 11 months. I haven’t missed it,” he told the judge Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge David Russell chose the punishment, giving Hancock credit for cooperating with the federal government.
Hancock in March admitted he was a bookmaker who oversaw eight to 10 subagents in the operation including Teddy Mitchell, of Oklahoma City.
He told The Oklahoman Wednesday, “I was not his boss. We were like partners.”
Mitchell pleaded guilty in July for his role in the Internet gambling business but insisted he didn’t think at the time of his involvement that he was breaking the law.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Altshuler said Hancock — unlike Mitchell — “owned up to what he did, recognizing what he did is illegal.”
The gambling case against Mitchell has attracted more public attention than similar cases because his wife was beaten to death at their Oklahoma City home in 2010. Police have made no arrests in her homicide.