- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A federal judge in upstate New York has sentenced a 30-year-old Florida resident to probation for laundering more than $8 million for a widespread illegal sports gambling operation.

Michele Lasso was detained by immigration officials in Albany for deportation to her native Panama after sentencing Tuesday.

U.S. District Court Judge Mae D’Agostino says Lasso helped authorities recover $7 million from foreign banks and the new mother spent the past year in home confinement, but her motive was greed.

Lasso apologized.

Defense attorney William Shepherd notes sports betting and managing bank accounts in various countries is neither illegal nor uncommon in Panama.

The ringleader, 52-year-old Philip Gurian of Boca Raton, Fla., faces sentencing April 15. He has also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money.

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