Rockville man indicted on sports betting charges

October 17, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN

A federal grand jury in Greenbelt accused a Rockville man yesterday of operating an illegal sports gambling ring that used Oriole Park at Camden Yards and local high-end restaurants to conduct operations, prosecutors said.

The new charges against Howard Meyers, 58, allege that he violated federal law when he made calls between Maryland and the island of Dominica to receive illegal bets and used Federal Express to mail similar information. Prosecutors also seek forfeiture of over $330,000.

In March, federal prosecutors charged three men, including Meyers' brother, with enticing bettors to wager on professional and college football, basketball and baseball games. That indictment alleges that they used toll-free numbers - and received more than 50,000 calls - to operate their business.

Bettors were directed to place wagers with World Wide Wagering Inc., which provided them with a code number, password, toll-free number and Web address, prosecutors said. On Thursdays and Fridays, money would be collected and payments made at restaurants in Rockville and at Oriole Park.

Yesterday's indictment against Meyers alleges that every Friday during football season, the group also met at Ruth's Chris Steak House on Water Street and Sabatino's Restaurant in Little Italy.

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