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BOOKMAKER GAMBLES THAT THE IRS WON'T DISCOVER ILLEGAL INCOME

Updated: Jan 17

Bookmaker Gambles That the IRS Won’t Discover Illegal Income


Two men from Wichita, KS, Danny Chapman and Daven Flax pleaded guilty to federal charges of income tax evasion and operating an illegal gambling business.


Chapman was a sports bookmaker who failed to report earnings of $345,000 made from illegal gambling. Customers of Chapman would place bets through an online gambling site based in Costa Rica.


Chapman attempted to hide his income by purchasing money orders and cashier’s checks in the name of family members, and by purchasing cars using cash under other’s names.


Daven Flax was in charge of the invitation-only poker games where his duties were to pay the dealers, caterers, and waitresses at the various commercial locations in Wichita where the games were held. Flax also failed to disclose his illegal income which amounted to $65,000 in federal taxes owed.


Both defendants face up to five years in prison and monetary fines.



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