Couple plead guilty in online gambling case

A couple from Florida who participated in the operation of an illegal $1.4 billion-year gambling venture have pleaded guilty to charges of enterprise corruption and conspiracy charges.

Daniel Clarin, 32, and his wife, Melissa Clarin, 31, Miami, are the latest people to admit they were involved in the operation of, a website that processed illegal bets through offshore computer servers. 27 people were indicted back in November in Queens County Supreme Court, New York.

Daniel Clarin is likely to face between two to seven years in jail when sentencing is due on April 26. He will also have to forfeit $254,000, prosecutors said.

However, Melissa Clarin may escape a jail term if she forfeits $72,000 in illegal earnings, Justice Stephen Knopf revealed.

The website operated over a period of 28 months and took bets on football, baseball, basketball, golf and tennis.

The leader of the operation, James Giordano, who is Melissa Clarin’s father, has pleaded guilty and is awaiting trial.

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