Maine man gets 15 months for state’s largest gambling operation

Stephen Mardigan was sentenced after pleading guilty to unlawful gambling, money laundering and filing a false tax return.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who netted millions running an illegal sports gambling operation is going to prison for 15 months.

Sixty-two-year-old Stephen Mardigan was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in May to unlawful gambling, money laundering and filing a false tax return.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Mardigan ran what’s believed to have been Maine’s largest gambling operation out of his Portland home and his used car dealership from 2003 to 2017.

Court documents say bets typically ranged from $30 to thousands of dollars, but two gamblers in particular wagered nearly $5 million through Mardigan.

Mardigan wrote to the judge that he’s addicted to gambling and that he has been attending weekly meetings of Gamblers Anonymous. He wrote, “I now realize that I was out of control.”

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