Dealer Admits to Running Bookmaking Operation Featured

By Staff Writer July 10, 2019

A Texas used-car dealer, his wife and son admitted to running a gambling operation at their family business.

Larry Tillery pleaded guilty to engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity and tax evasion.  His wife Judy Tillery pleaded guilty to structuring of financial transactions to evade reporting requirements.  His son Brian Tillery pleaded guilty to engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity.

According to information presented in court, Larry Tillery took bets on sporting events from 1985 until April 2017. This was his primary occupation during that time. 

Larry Tillery owned and operated Daylight Motors, a used-car dealership in Beaumont, Texas, and Lamar Capital, its related finance company. He used these two companies as a front to launder illicit proceeds from his bookmaking enterprise.   

Judy Tillery assisted her husband in laundering cash proceeds of his illegal bookmaking activities by depositing cash into her personal bank account at Beaumont Community Credit Union and then writing checks to bank accounts controlled by her husband.  Judy Tillery structured these cash deposits in amounts under $10,000 in an attempt to evade federal currency transaction reporting requirements.

Brian Tillery aided the bookmaking enterprise by collecting money from sports bettors and making payments to bettors on behalf of his father. Larry Tillery used a website to run his bookmaking operation and Brian Tillery checked the online wagers on a regular basis, accepting illegal gambling funds from Larry Tillery and making wire transfers to pay illegal gambling debts for Larry Tillery; and mailing packages of currency in excess of $10,000 via the United States Postal Service at the request of Larry Tillery, which was derived from illegal gambling activities. 

 Larry Tillery faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  Judy Tillery and Brian Tillery each face up to five years in federal prison.  

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