Thursday, May 18, 2017

Former top Hells Angel should get jail for role in gambling ring - Crown

Sentencing arguments were heard for Billy Miller, former head of the North Toronto chapter of the Hells Angels, who was found guilty earlier this year of participating in the bookmaking operations of a sports-betting enterprise linked to biker gangs and the Italian Mafia.

The operation, called Platinum Sportsbook, ran a website off servers in Costa Rica that used to take bets from thousands of gamblers across Southern Ontario on everything from horse racing to college football.

Hells Angels Billy Miller
Miller, 54, was acquitted on an extortion charge but convicted of bookmaking "for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with" Platinum, a crime under Section 467.12 of the Criminal Code. The maximum penalty is 14 years in prison, though the Crown asked the judge for a jail sentence of one to two years.
Miller, who has a criminal record for weapons and gaming-related charges dating back to 2003, was given an opportunity to make a statement but declined. The court heard he now mostly lives in the Dominican Republic, where he's involved in a cigar business. The man who prosecutors allege was the ultimate leader of the business, David Hair, is scheduled to go on trial next year.
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