Matt Potter 1:52 p.m., Nov. 11
Members of sports gambling ring indicted
"Macho Sports" ran from Peru, taking Internet and telephone bets
Eighteen members of a gambling ring located in Southern California and Peru were charged with operating "Macho Sports," an illegal Internet and telephone gambling business, in an indictment unsealed today (June 19). They are charged with taking millions of dollars of sports gambling wagers from the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. The Peruvian participants took bets from Southern California by Internet and toll-free telephone lines . "The organization ensured the prompt payments of gambling debts through the use of intimidation, threats, and violence," says the U.S. Attorney's office. The ring had teams of bookies in San Diego and Los Angeles recruiting customers, paying off winning bets and collecting on losing bets. San Diego County residents named in the indictments are Amir Mokayef, Michael Christopher Iaco, Howard Alan Blum, Michael John Massey, and Salvatore Giacomo Groppo.