The brother of former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has been ensnared by an illegal online sports betting raid in Illinois.
The US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against 10 people accused of running an illegal online sports betting ring. Allegedly the “multi-million dollar” ring had around 1,000 betting customers, the majority of which were based in the Chicago area.
The indictment names Vincent ‘ Uncle Mick ‘ Delgiudice as the ringleader who guided bettors to the password-protected Unclemicksports.com run by a pay-per-head company located in Costa Rica, at a cost of $10k a month. Payment of winnings and gambling debt collection was performed in person by co-accused Delgiudice.
Casey Urlacher, the mayor of Mettawa, a small suburb just outside Chicago, and the brother of NFL Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher was among those agents and sub-agents who were directing bettors to Uncle Mick. Asked to clarify his friendship with Delgiudice by the Chicago Sun-Times, Casey claimed that he didn’t know anyone by that name.
Among the charges against Casey Urlacher, prosecutors say he negotiated with Delgiudice to set up an online account for an anonymous bettor who could put a $500 daily bet and a $3,000 weekly wagers limit.
Urlacher is also alleged to have earned $3,000 from a person known only as “Gambler C,” and to reactivate the bettor’s account Urlacher continued to Delgiudice email.
Brian Urlacher was not connected to any of the allegations in the indictment. The US Attorney’s Office said in the statement that the Chicago federal court has not yet scheduled arraignments for those arrested.
Legislators in Illinois authorised legal sports betting in June 2019 but the Illinois Gaming Board was slow-rolling its betting rules. Three of the 10 casinos in the state last month–Grand Victoria Casino Elgin, Rivers Casino Des Plaines and Argosy Casino Alton–became the first to apply for betting licences and obtain temporary betting permits.
The hope for the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament was that retail sports betting would be up and running in time, with the internet betting being a less likely scenario to beat the clock. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has given some support to local bettors this week, saying legal wagering “appears to be on track and will be up and running” by the time the tournament tips off on March 17.
In reality, Illinois bettors will have a justification to root against their own alma maters going deep into the tournament, since the state’s betting law forbids wagering on any games in which a local college team is involved.