SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A 3-count indictment was unsealed yesterday charging 4 defendants in reference to an unlawful playing enterprise and conspiracies to launder the proceeds of the unlawful playing enterprise, U.S. Lawyer Phillip A. Talbert introduced.
The indictment fees Los Angeles residents Gal Yifrach, 35, with working an unlawful playing enterprise and conspiracy to commit cash laundering; Nick Shkolnik, 39, with working an unlawful playing enterprise; and Shalom Ifrah, 32, and Schneur Zalman Getzel Rosenfeld, 33, with conspiracy to commit cash laundering.
In accordance with courtroom paperwork, Yifrach, Shkolnik, and Yosef Yitzchak Beshari, who was charged elsewhere, carried out an unlawful playing enterprise involving video slot machines and units and bets, within the Japanese District of California and elsewhere. Yifrach and Ifrah conspired to launder the proceeds of the unlawful playing enterprise in a number of methods, together with by exchanging the money for checks, exchanging the money for on line casino chips, and conducting money exchanges of not more than $10,000 at banks to keep away from transaction reporting necessities. Rosenfeld is charged with conspiring with Beshari to launder the proceeds of the unlawful playing enterprise in a number of methods, together with by offering checks, direct deposits of purported wage, and a wire switch to an escrow firm, all in trade for money from the playing enterprise.
All 4 defendants have been arrested yesterday. Yifrach and Ifrah have been detained pending trial. Shkolnik and Rosenfeld have been launched topic to pretrial supervision and different situations.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Division of Justice – Bureau of Playing Management. Assistant U.S. Lawyer Miriam R. Hinman is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Yifrach and Shkolnik every face a most statutory penalty of 5 years in jail and a $250,000 high quality for conducting an unlawful playing enterprise. As well as, Yifrach, Ifrah, and Rosenfeld every face a most statutory penalty of 20 years in jail and a $500,000 high quality, or twice the worth of the financial instrument or funds concerned, whichever is bigger, for conspiracy to commit cash laundering. The indictment additionally seeks the forfeiture of belongings, together with over $500,000 in U.S. Foreign money and three actual property properties in Los Angeles. Any sentence, nonetheless, could be decided on the discretion of the courtroom after consideration of any relevant statutory elements and the Federal Sentencing Pointers, which keep in mind a lot of variables. The costs are solely allegations; the defendants are presumed harmless till and until confirmed responsible past an affordable doubt.