Golf superstar Phil Mickelson is becoming accused of allegedly wiring practically $three million to an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events, according to a report by ESPN.
Mickelson, who was not charged in the scheme, allegedly sent $2.75 million to a former sports gambling handicapper who was connected to an offshore operation, sources told ESPNs “Outside the Lines.”
Gregory Silveira pleaded guilty to three counts of funds laundering of funds from an unnamed gambling client among February 2010 and February 2013, according to court documents obtained by ESPNs Outside the Lines. On June 18th, an amended version was filed that took out any reference to P.M.
According to court documents obtained by ESPN, Silveira accepted a wire transfer of $two.75 million from a gambling client to his Wells Fargo Bank account in March 2010. ESPN inquired about the reference, which then prompted the U.S. Attorneys Office to file a motion to have the original plea agreement stricken. Mickelson was cleared of any charges after an investigation discovered no proof of any wrongdoing.
. A couple of days later, court documents show Silveira transferred $2.475 million and then $275,000 to yet another Wells Fargo account and then transferred the $2.475 million to an account he had at JPMorgan Chase Bank.
At the time, defendant initiated these three transfers with the intent to promote the carrying of an illegal gambling operation, according to a plea agreement.
The investigation was led by the Internal Revenue Service and court documents do not indicate what prompted the investigation.
Mickelson, a five-time big winner and one of the PGA tours wealthiest and most well known players, was investigated final year by the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission for his attainable role in an insider trading case. While Mickelsons name does not appear in the court documents, sources familiar with the case told ESPN that the unnamed client is Mickelson.
The plea agreement, which was signed May 1 by Silveira, integrated a reference to the dollars laundering of funds from P.M
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