Producer pleads guilty in NY Russian mob case
NEW YORK (AP) – A Hollywood producer has pleaded guilty in New York for his role in running a high-stakes sports betting business run by an organized crime enterprise.
Bryan Zuriff pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday to accepting a financial instrument in connection with unlawful Internet gambling. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced the plea Friday, saying Zuriff operated an illegal gambling enterprise in Los Angeles but also helped run one in New York.
Zuriff is the executive producer of the Showtime series “Ray Donovan.” He faces five years in prison when sentenced in November and agreed to forfeit $500,000.
His lawyer did not return a message seeking comment.
In April, authorities indicted 34 people, saying they were part of a scheme by two related Russian-American organized crime enterprises that laundered at least $100 million in illegal gambling proceeds.