SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A three-count indictment was unsealed yesterday charging four defendants in connection with an illegal gambling business and conspiracies to launder the proceeds of the illegal gambling business, announcing US attorney Phillip A. Talbert.
The indictment charges Los Angeles resident Gal Yifrach, 35, with operating an illegal gambling business and conspiracy to launder money; Nick Shkolnik, 39, who operates an illegal gambling business; and Shalom Ifrah, 32, and Schneur Zalman Getzel Rosenfeld, 33, for conspiracy to launder money.
According to court documents, Yifrach, Shkolnik and Yosef Yitzchak Beshari, who have been charged elsewhere, ran an illegal gambling business involving video slots, devices and gambling, in the Eastern District of California and elsewhere. Yifrach and Ifrah conspired to launder the proceeds of illegal gambling activity in a number of ways, including exchanging the money for checks, exchanging the money for casino chips, and making cash exchanges no greater than not $10,000 in banks to avoid transaction reporting requirements. Rosenfeld is accused of conspiring with Beshari to launder the proceeds of the illegal gambling business in a number of ways, including providing checks, direct deposits of purported wages, and a wire transfer to an escrow company, all while exchange of money from the gambling business.
The four accused were arrested yesterday. Yifrach and Ifrah were detained pending trial. Shkolnik and Rosenfeld were released subject to pretrial supervision and other conditions.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice – Bureau of Gambling Control. Assistant U.S. Attorney Miriam R. Hinman is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Yifrach and Shkolnik each face a maximum legal sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for running an illegal gambling business. In addition, Yifrach, Ifrah and Rosenfeld each face a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $500,000, or double the value of the monetary instrument or funds involved, whichever is greater. for conspiracy to commit money laundering. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of assets, including more than $500,000 in US currency and three real estate properties in Los Angeles. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after considering all applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which consider a number of variables. Accusations are only allegations; defendants are presumed innocent until and unless their guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt.