Ex-fire captain sentenced in gambling case

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Updated: 6/26/2014 2:15 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Los Angeles County fire captain has been sentenced to probation and fines for running an illegal offshore gambling business.

Tod Hipsher was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana to three years of probation and a $5,000 fine. He pleaded guilty in January.

Prosecutors say Hipsher at least partly operated his piece of the Costa Rica-based online sportsbook while on duty at a station in the scandal-plagued city of Bell.

Authorities say Hipsher netted hundreds of thousands of dollars over 12 years by recruiting bettors and collecting debts for the online Tradewinds sportsbook.

Undercover federal agents first met with Hipsher at the firehouse in 2011 while posing as debt collectors.

He retired from his fire department job last year.


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