Husband and wife in Mass. plead guilty to $1 million illegal gambling scheme

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — A husband and wife from Massachusetts have pleaded guilty to running an illegal gambling company and laundering more than $1 million in proceeds.

The Salem News reports that William and Bonnie Morley, of Middleton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to gambling, money laundering and conspiracy charges. Sixty-two-year-old William Morley has been sentenced to serve six months of a 2 ½ year jail term. His 53-year-old wife will serve three years of probation.

Prosecutors say the couple owned a North Andover company called Four Star Vending, and distributed illegal gambling devices to several establishments in Massachusetts and New York. Authorities say Four Star employees collected the proceeds from the machines and shared profits with the Morleys.

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The Morleys have agreed to forfeit $1.1 million in cash, six cars and dissolve the business.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com