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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