Hammond man sentenced on gambling charge

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Hammond man has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison following his guilty plea to operating an illegal sports betting business and tax evasion.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown sentenced 52-year-old Joseph A. Schillace IV and ordered him Thursday to pay $464,180 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. She also fined him $50,000 and ordered him to serve three years of supervised release after his prison term.

Federal prosecutors say Schillace was charged with financing and managing the illegal gambling business between January 1999 and April 2011. Prosecutors say he set up a "call center" at a Hammond apartment where gamblers could phone in bets.

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