Holden Man Sentenced for Operating Illegal Sports Gambling Business

Holden Man Sentenced for Operating Illegal Sports Gambling Business

WORCESTER – A Holden man was sentenced in federal court in Worcester on Friday in connection with operating an illegal sports gambling business. 

Keith Bianchini, 40, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to two years of probation, with the first six months to be served on house arrest, and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $56,000 in forfeiture.

In January 2019, Bianchini pleaded guilty to one count of operating an illegal gambling business. 

According to court documents, Bianchini’s bookmaking operation used an offshore website to place and track wagers on National Football League games and other sporting events. 

During the time that Bianchini managed the gambling business, he oversaw various agents who recruited bettors and met face-to-face with bettors to collect cash payments associated with losing bets.

While operating the bookmaking business, Bianchini was a correctional officer with the Massachusetts Department of Correction.


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