BetonSports founder arrested in Dominican

BetonSports.com founder Gary Kaplan was arrested last week in the Dominican Republic, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday, joining former CEO David Carruthers in custody as they pursue racketeering and conspiracy charges against them.

"Mr. Kaplan was arrested at a hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, without incident by the Dominican National Police, the U.S. State Department and the FBI," said Roland Corvington, FBI Special Agent, in a statement Friday.

Kaplan had been a fugitive for about eight months, since BetonSports officials were indicted in July 2006 by a federal grand jury.

According to the indictment, Kaplan and ten other defendants are charged with felony violations of federal laws under the Wire Act, which prohibits placing bets on sports events over the phone.

BetonSports Chief Executive David Carruthers has been in custody since shortly after the indictment, having been arrested during a layover at a Texas airport, but the others, including Kaplan and BetonSports co-owner Norman Steinberg, were still at large.

All have entered not guilty pleas.

In the interim, the company has reached an agreement to stop accepting bets from U.S. customers as part of a settlement deal, although the defendants and their legal representatives have missed a number of scheduled court hearings in the last few months.

After Kaplan's arrest, he was sent to Puerto Rico for an appearance before a U.S. Magistrate and it's expected he will be sent to St. Louis, where the case is being prosecuted, to be held in custody.

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