BetonSports founder extradited to St. Louis

BetonSports.com founder Gary Kaplan, arrested last week in the Dominican Republic, will be extradited to St. Louis to face fraud and racketeering charges.

One of 11 company-affiliated defendants indicted in July 2006 for taking sports bets over the phone and Internet from American customers, Kaplan had been a fugitive for about eight months until his arrest.

He was taken in to custody March 28 at a Santo Domingo hotel and shortly thereafter transferred to Puerto Rico, where a federal judge deemed him a flight risk and denied bond until his extradition to St. Louis, where the charges are being prosecuted.

Once in St. Louis, he'll join former BetonSports CEO David Carruthers - who has been in custody since shortly after the indictment - in facing up to 22 charges and calls to repay more than $4 billion in alleged betting profits.

The other nine remain at-large, although all have entered not guilty pleas.

In the interim, the company has reached an agreement to stop accepting bets from U.S. customers, and a repayment scheme is also in the works.

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