March 8, 2024 3 min read


Antiguan Man Confesses to Leading Multistate Illegal Gambling Ring

The enterprise, employing approximately 50 agents across the US to attract clients and handle debts, accumulated more than $22 million in earnings

An Antiguan man has confessed his involvement in a massive illegal gambling enterprise that operated across several states, spanning from Massachusetts to Florida

Masterminds of Underground Betting Network Accused of Laundering Millions

Richard Sullivan, 74, from St. John’s, Antigua, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Boston on March 5, to charges of operating an illegal gambling business and transmitting wagering information, reported the Boston Globe.

Richard Sullivan, along with his accomplices Todd Lyons, Robert Eremian, and Daniel Eremian, orchestrated the activities of Sports Offshore, an underground betting network that utilized various means, including an Antiguan-based website and a toll-free phone line, to serve customers in the United States. The operation, which involved around 50 agents in the US soliciting clients and managing debts, amassed over $22 million in revenue.

To evade law enforcement scrutiny, Sullivan and his associates resorted to creating fictitious entities, essentially laundering the profits generated from their illicit activities. They reportedly funneled more than $10 million through a complex network of checks and wire transfers.

Sullivan’s guilty plea comes nearly 14 years after being indicted by a federal grand jury. He was apprehended in August last year at John F. Kennedy International Airport upon returning from Antigua. It remains uncertain whether his return to the US was deliberate.

Sports Offshore Case Sheds Light on Online Gambling Evolution and Enforcement Challenges

The case sheds light on the evolution of online gambling and the challenges posed by enforcing regulations across borders. Sports Offshore, like many offshore betting platforms, capitalized on the ambiguity surrounding Internet gambling laws, particularly before the enactment of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006.

During the mid to late-1990s, offshore sportsbook operators in Antigua viewed themselves as trailblazers in a nascent technological sector. This occurred in an era when the legality of their actions was not definitively established.

These betting establishments selected Antigua due to the Caribbean nation’s investment in top-notch international fibre-optic cable infrastructure and its commitment to low taxes, aiming to foster a burgeoning technology sector during the onset of the Internet age.

Sullivan’s sentencing, scheduled for March 28, 2024, could see him facing up to five years in prison and hefty fines for his involvement in running an illegal betting business. Additionally, the charge of transmitting wagering information carries a potential sentence of up to two years behind bars and further financial penalties.

The saga underscores the efforts of law enforcement agencies to crack down on illicit gambling operations, even those operating from overseas jurisdictions. As technology continues to advance, so too do the challenges of regulating online activities that transcend national boundaries.


Silvia has dabbled in all sorts of writing – from content writing for social media to movie scripts. She has a Bachelor's in Screenwriting and experience in marketing and producing documentary films. With her background as a customer support agent within the gambling industry, she brings valuable insight to the Gambling News writers’ team.

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