On Thursday, authorities made public a 28-page federal indictment involving Casey Urlacher, DelGiudice and 8 others in a fraudulent scheme revolving around a website called unclemicksports.com.
40-year-old Casey Urlacher is the brother of Chicago Bears great Brian Urlacher and mayor of north suburban Mettawa.
Others who face criminal charges for being involved in the scheme are Matthew “Sweaters” Knight, 46, of Mokena; Eugene “Gino” DelGiudice, 84, of Orland Park; Keith D. Benson, 49, of Lemont; Justin Hines, 40, of Algonquin; Matthew Namoff, 23, of Midlothian; Todd Blanken, 43, of Cary; Nicholas Stella, 42, of Chicago; and Vasilios Prassas, 37, of Chicago.
Urlacher allegedly handed an envelope to Prassas with gambling debts owed to DelGiudice on December 21, 2018. The same day, Prassas reportedly passed a packet with Urlacher’s gambling debts to DelGiudice remarking, “This is Casey’s.”
Feds say Urlacher also pursued the debts of others, helping DelGiudice run a multimillion-dollar criminal operation involving as many as 1000 sports gamblers.
On December 26, 2018, Urlacher also allegedly phoned DelGiudice to shut down a gambler’s account until the player paid a debt. The same day, after the gambler paid $3,000 to Urlacher, Urlacher allegedly texted DelGiudice to reinstate the gambler’s account.
The feds also claim Urlacher paid a gambling debt to DelGiudice on February 1, 2019.
DelGiudice, 54, allegedly paid more than $10,000/month to a company not named in the indictment for using the website. Gamblers viewed odds, placed bets on sporting events and monitored winnings and losses on the site. He also allegedly hired “agents” to recruit players.
Casey Urlacher said he was not aware of the gambling investigation when contacted by the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday. He said he didn’t know DelGiudice. “I don’t know nothing about it. I don’t know who you’re talking about”, he said.
Agents searched DelGiudice’s Orland Park home in April 2019 and allegedly found more than $1.06 million in cash, $347,895 in silver bars and jewellery, and $92,623 in gold coins. Prosecutors are pursuing an $8 million verdict against DelGiudice.
DelGiudice is charged with 1 count of conspiracy for conducting an illegal gambling business, 1 count for conducting an illegal gambling business, 1 count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and 6 counts of money laundering.
His alleged agents, including Urlacher, are charged with 1 count of participating in the conspiracy and 1 count of running an illegal gambling business.
Casey Urlacher played football at NCAA Division III Lake Forest College, graduating in 2003. He had a short try-out with the Bears that year and played a few seasons in the Arena League.
Source – Igaming world