Casey Urlacher Among 10 Charged In Chicago Gambling Ring
Casey Urlacher, brother of former Chicago Bears linebacker and NFL Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, was charged with nine others accused of running an offshore sports gambling ring in a federal indictment Thursday.
The Chicago Tribune reports Casey Urlacher was one of several agents in a sports betting operation led by Vincent Delgiudice, aka “Uncle Mick.” The indictment shows Urlacher and other agents helped recruit Chicago-area gamblers and managed their accounts, meeting up to collect or pay out.
Delgiudice used an offshore sportsbook in Costa Rica to keep track of clients, paying a service fee to use the same sports betting platform under the URL www.unclemicksports.com. Bettors used said website to make and record their bets, which were all visible to Delgiudice. He paid the offshore book a service fee totaling $113,625, spread out over at least 12 cashier’s checks sent to Costa Rica via Federal Express. The indictment says federal agents took $1.1 million in cash and almost a half-million more in coins and jewelry while searching Delgiudice’s house in April, 2019.
Chicago police officer Nicholas Stella has also been charged and accused of acting as an agent. The Tribune reports Stella was moved to the desk last May after 18 years on the beat.
Urlacher Allegedly Recruited Gamblers
Casey Urlacher had a brief professional football career in the Arena Football League and is now involved in politics as the mayor of Mettawa, a tiny town about 35 miles north of downtown Chicago. Urlacher and other agents earned a percentage of losses from the gamblers they recruited, communicating via phone and text while exchanging cash at various meeting locations.
Delgiudice’s operation was running accounts for roughly 1,000 sports bettors, according to the indictment, which mentions one gambler who paid $10,000 in losses in November 2016. The indictment is looking for a personal money judgment in the amount of $8 million, including the forfeiture of Delgiudice’s home in Orland Park, Illinois.
Others charged include Delgiudice’s 84-year-old father, Eugene, Matthew Knight, Justin Hines, Keith Benson, Todd Blanken, Matthew Namoff and Vasilios Prassas.