Jeffersonville gambling case ends in eight pleas, sentencings - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Jeffersonville gambling case ends in eight pleas, sentencings

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An FBI agent and others stand outside TC's Auto in Jeffersonville, Ind., May 22, 2012. It's the day agents raided the business and seized records in an illegal gambling investigation. An FBI agent and others stand outside TC's Auto in Jeffersonville, Ind., May 22, 2012. It's the day agents raided the business and seized records in an illegal gambling investigation.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- The last of eight men charged in a Jeffersonville area gambling operation have pleaded guilty and received their sentences in federal court.

Their pleas and sentences came in court during 2013 and early 2014, according to U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett.

He spoke with reporters at New Albany's federal building on Wednesday to announce the end of the case. It started with investigations in 2009. A grand jury indicted the eight men in 2012, after FBI, IRS and other agents raided at least one business in Jeffersonville.

The men were sentenced on charges of operating an illegal gambling business. They include:

--Terry Crofford, 62, Jeffersonville, Ind. 4 years of probation (one year to be served in a halfway house) and a $4,000 fine

--James Baker, 64, a/k/a "Shake," Clarksville, Ind. 4 years of probation and a $4,000 fine

--George Blair, 55, a/k/a "Mound," Jeffersonville, Ind. 4 years of probation and a $2,000 fine

--Jamie Dudley, 62, a/k/a "J.D.", "J-Town", Jeffersonville, Ind. 4 years of probation and a $4,000 fine

--Steven Harkins, 57, a/k/a "Hark," Louisville, Ky. 4 years of probation and a $2,000 fine

--Jeffrey Hash, 63, Louisville, Ky. 4 years of probation and a $1,000 fine

--Harold Joyce, 46, Louisville, Ky. 2 years of probation and a $1,000 fine

--James Payne, 46, a/k/a "Jamie," Pleasureville, Ky. 4 years of probation and a $2,000 fine

Hogsett said Terry Crofford's "organized criminal gambling organization" had operated "openly and notoriously for more than a decade," taking in an average 196 wagers a day and over $1 million a year in illegal bets.

Federal authorities seized several classic cars, two properties in Utica, Ind., and bank accounts belonging to Crofford and his business, TC's Auto in Jeffersonville. Crofford must also pay or surrender property worth $120,000 to the government, Hogsett said.

Original indictment story from May 2012: http://www.wdrb.com/story/18657366/eight-indicted-in-jeffersonville-gambling-ring

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