Joe Hillman was the All-American face of college athletes, an inspiration to local people who watched the 6’2″ become a star of the Indiana University Hoosiers. He played for the squad for five years and was a key player in assisting the Hoosiers win a national championship in 1987. However, for a distinctly different reason, Hillman is now being placed in the headlines once again for his supposed participation in an underground gambling ring.
Bret A. Wells, a New Palestine businessman, Indiana, has named the basketball star in a probable cause affidavit linked to an investigation into illegal gambling operations. Hillman has not yet been charged with any offenses, but has been recognised as being under surveillance Wells by Indiana Gaming Control (IGC) authorities as they investigate Wells. A range of crimes have been charged to the businessman, including corrupt company influence and illegal gambling.
The affidavit demonstrates proof that Wells uses text messages to conduct various discussions with gamblers. He allegedly acted as a bookie, making bets on nearly any kind of possible sporting activity. Sports gambling was recently legalised by Indiana, but only in individual and only in authorised locations. Gambling on high school and amateur sports is still illegal, and even in these classifications, Wells supposedly covered bets.
The potential participation of Hillman arises from his supposed work as a Wells runner or agent. Collecting cash from the gamblers to get 20% of the losses for himself. Wells and his agents were discovered to meet in bars to exchange cash and the businessman also carried out business through a Costa Rican site, lockandloadsports.com, which enables people to place bets. Over the summer, the site was taken down and Wells formed BigDogsportswagering.com to continue its activities.
The inquiry spanned over a year and on several occasions, Hillman was seen in surveillance offering envelopes and money to Wells. A number of individuals were interviewed during the procedure by IGC representatives, including a former Wells company partner, who confirmed the gambling activity. He stated Wells had taken over 176,200 bets worth $17.12 million since 2016 and gained $1.82 million in the process.For