A Boulder County man has been arrested after a grand jury indicted him on racketeering charges for allegedly running an online gambling website for at least three years.
Larry Kyle Richardson, 62, was indicted on one charge of violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act -- a Class 2 felony -- according to an indictment released.
According to court documents, Richardson is suspected of running an online gambling website from Jan. 1 2010 through Jan. 8, 2013, "in, or triable in, Boulder County." Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said while he could not discuss the details of the case, for it to be "triable" in Boulder County it must have some connection to the district. "That could include all kinds of things from the defendant living here, to having bank accounts here to an exchange taking place here," Garnett said.
The indictment lists 195 instances in which search warrants executed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation obtained checks from suspected gamblers to Richardson in amounts ranging from $50 to $11,000. The sum of the checks collected by the CBI totals almost $300,000.
The indictment claims Richardson was part of a gambling enterprise which "unlawfully, feloniously, and knowingly conducted or participated, directly or indirectly, in the enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity."
The indictment says Richardson would pay a percentage of the income he received through the site to a Richard "Dick" Hancock. The indictment says Teddy Mitchell, Gary Gibb, Dryden Mitchell, Roger "Dodger" Antablin also were involved in bookmaking operations related to the enterprise.
Names of the suspected gamblers who wrote checks to Richardson were also referenced in the indictment. While Garnett could not comment on whether the other people named in the document were facing indictments in other jurisdictions, he said none of them were facing charges in Boulder County.
A warrant for Richardson's arrest was issued and Richardson was arrested Friday by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and is being held at the Boulder County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Court records show Richardson pleaded guilty to DUI-related charges in 1985 and 1995 in Boulder County.
Thanks to Mitchell Byers.