Postal Worker Accused Of Running Gambling Operation

Four Men Indicted By Jefferson County Grand Jury

A U.S. postal worker is among four local men who face charges relating to an illegal gambling operation that raked in as much as $82,000 a week, Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey said Wednesday.

William Burbidge, 65, of Centennial; John Mencin, 57, of Denver; Todd Lane Vaughn, 42, of Brighton; and Mark J. Evans, 38, of Arvada, were indicted on charges of organized crime, professional gambling and conspiracy, according to a release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

"This isn't just social wagering. According to the indictments, these defendants were running a sophisticated criminal enterprise," Storey said.

According to the 42-count indictment, the suspects solicited wagers on sporting events and accepted bets through a complex telephone-based system that included the assignment of bettor identification numbers. Betters would call the number, get the odds for the football, baseball and basketball games and then place their bets on the week's sporting events. Losing bettors were sometimes charged a 10 percent fee in addition to the amount of the wager, the indictment stated.

Evans, a postal worker in Arvada, allegedly engaged in "book-making" while on duty, Storey said.

Evans met with undercover law enforcement personnel to allegedly process bets while on duty and in uniform at the post office in Arvada, Storey said. According to court documents, Evans also recruited other postal employees to place bets.

Bond was set in the amount of $100,000 for each of the defendants. All four men face a maximum of 24 years in prison and a fine of $1 million if convicted of the organized crime counts.

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