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3 Charged with Operating Illegal Sports Betting Ring at Dearborn Sandwich Shop, Bar

Dozens of bettors from metro Detroit may have been involved in the alleged illegal gambling ring, putting the "safety of Michigan citizens ... in jeopardy," Attorney General Bill Schuette says.

Ray Arfan, 42, of Dearborn allegedly operated a sports gambling ring out of the Avenue Bar and a Subway restaurant, both in Dearborn. (Patch file photo)
Ray Arfan, 42, of Dearborn allegedly operated a sports gambling ring out of the Avenue Bar and a Subway restaurant, both in Dearborn. (Patch file photo)

Three Dearborn men are being charged for their involvement in an Internet sports gambling  operation that Attorney General Bill Schuette says involved dozens of bettors from metro Detroit.

The charges come after a police investigation by the Fraser Police Department, MLive reports.

Charges were filed against Ray Arfan, 42, the alleged ringleader of a sports gambling operation based out of the Avenue Bar, 13277 Michigan and a Subway restaurant at 12841 Michigan.

Two accomplices  – Nesti Konini, 48, and Ali Samir Hamoud, 31 – were also charged.

Together, the three men face 10 gambling related charges.

"Arfan accepted wagers on sporting events and the operation provided gamblers with accounts to use on an internet website," Schuette's office said in a statement Tuesday. "When a player needed to add money to an account or receive payment he would do that at one of Arfan's businesses. …”

The two also helped process payments and recruit new bettors, MLive said.

"The safety of Michigan citizens is put in jeopardy when criminal activity goes unchecked," Schuette said in a prepared statement. “The ringleaders of illegal gambling operations and their accomplices will face the consequences for breaking the law and undermining public safety.”
Rich Margittay March 19, 2014 at 07:26 AM
Right Gerald, Let's let crime and criminals run rampant!
cheryl March 19, 2014 at 09:19 AM
You'd better not be filling out an NCAA bracket, Rich.
Rich Margittay March 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Hey Cheryl: I'm not stupid enough to bet on lottery, sprots, or anything, thank you.
Tom B March 19, 2014 at 01:10 PM
A NCAA bracket sheet is a lot different than an organized betting ring.
Paul Capozzoli April 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM
dearborn = full of douchebags.. gets worse every year.. this isnt news anymore..next?

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