- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The ringleader of an illegal online gambling operation who laundered millions of dollars was sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised release by a federal judge in upstate New York.

Philip Gurian, of Boca Raton, Fla., received time served and was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for conspiracy to launder money.

Gurian laundered at least $8 million through co-defendant Michele Lasso, who was sentenced earlier this month to probation and was detained by immigration officials for deportation to her native Panama.

“I am going to live a productive and peaceful life,” Gurian told the judge after apologizing to the court and his family.

Gurian, 52, has been in custody since his April 2013 arrest. As part of his release, U.S. District Court Judge Mae D’Agostino prohibited him from going to locations where gambling is the focus and from possessing a computer or Internet capable device.

This isn’t the first time Gurian has had trouble with the law. Court papers show that Gurian fled to Europe after being involved in a criminal matter linked to the mob and was found using a British passport with a fake name at a crossing between France and Switzerland. He was also involved in a civil dispute and fled to Canada.

D’Agostino says the $8 million to $10 million Gurian forfeited is “just the tip of the iceberg,” going on to say that wire taps caught Gurian boasting that he made $150,000 a day from the illegal online gambling operation. Court transcripts show that he had bank accounts in at least 10 states and at least 6 countries.

As part of his sentencing, Gurian is also forced to file tax returns from 2009 to 2012.

Relatives and friends of Gurian said he is planning on writing a book.

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