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Eight indicted in alleged Indiana gambling ring

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Eight people have been indicted in connection with an alleged gambling ring based in Jeffersonville.

Those indictments follow an 18-month investigation in which agents seized over $126,000 in suspected gambling money, several bars of pure silver, real estate, and vehicles.  They also seized several bank accounts in the name of Terry Crofford and TC Auto.

"Crime almost always begets more crime, and under-the-table bookmaking like what has been alleged often acts as a magnet for other illegal activities," Joseph H. Hogsett, the United States Attorney said in a news release. "Just as important, illegal gambling operations deny Hoosiers in southern Indiana the tax revenues they deserve."

The indictment says the eight men had been operating the illegal gambling business out of various locations in Jeffersonville since at least January of 2009.  It says the business involved an interstate network of sports bookmaking involving thousands of dollars a day in wagers.

The investigation involved the FBI, Indiana Gaming Commission, Indiana State Police, and the Jeffersonville Police Dept.  Eight search warrants and seven seizure warrants were executed in Louisville and Jeffersonville on May 23rd. 

Indicted were: 

  •             Terry Crofford, a/k/a "TC," age 60, of Jeffersonville, IN
  •             Jamie Duley, a/k/a "JD" or "J-Town," age 54, of Jeffersonville, IN
  •             James Baker, a/k/a "Shake," age 62, of Clarksville, IN
  •             George Blair, a/k/a "Mound," age 53, of Jeffersonville, IN
  •             Steven Harkins, a/k/a "Hark," age 55, of Louisville, KY
  •             Jeffrey Hash, age 61, of Louisville, KY
  •             James Payne, a/k/a "Jamie," age 44, of Pleasureville, KY
  •             Harold Joyce, a/k/a "Trey," age 44, of Louisville, KY

All eight could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if they are convicted. 

WDRB's Bennett Haeberle confronted Mr. Crofford outside court Wednesday afternoon. He declined to be interviewed. In fact, he wouldn't even acknowledge his identity. But a woman waiting for him and several other law enforcement agents later confirmed Mr. Crofford is the man who appeared in our video.

Another suspect, who we believe is Jamie Duley, refused to answer questions and even moved his truck to block us in his driveway. He too refused to acknowledge his identity. The other suspects reached by phone declined to comment or denied involvement. Joyce, who is said to be turning himself over to Florida authorities, could not be reached. Harkins had no listed phone number.

Jennifer Culotta represents Jeffrey Hash. She declined to give specifics about her client's alleged role.

"The indictment gives me no information. My client has no idea what's going on. He's been thrown in the middle of this," she said.

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