Posted at: 10/09/2013 4:51 PM | Updated at: 10/09/2013 5:26 PM
ALBANY - Philip Gurian, 52, agreed to waive grand jury indictment and plead guilty to the conspiracy to money launder information brought by federal prosecutors.
The charge carries up to 20 years in prison, but under the plea deal negotiated by the government and Gurian's lawyers and the sentencing guideline computations used in federal cases, the likely sentence he will receive is 15 to 24 months in prison.
This despite earlier claims by prosecutors that Gurian had people working for him in 10 states and six other countries in an enormous operation run through various websites where gamblers can logon, check posted odds and place their wagers.
That's Technically illegal in most of this country, but easily accessible via the wide open Internet.
Two of Gurian's alleged workers were Albany County corrections officers. We were told their criminal activities sparked the investigation and the arrests made in April.
Since that point Gurian had been considered a flight risk and was jailed without bail.
His attorneys and prosecutor Robert Sharpe had worked a deal that would have allowed Gurian to go under house arrest until his February sentencing, but uncharacteristically for federal court, Judge Mae D'Agostino balked, pointing out that Gurian had fled the country twice previously when confronted with criminal and civil allegations.
"I feel if I were to order him to be released I would not see him again," D'Agostino said.
Bail application denied.