Casey Urlacher, brother of Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher, was among a group of ten people charged with operating an illegal offshore sports gambling ring on Feb. 20, 2020.
According to the indictment, the alleged ringleader, Vincent DelGiudice, paid a Costa Rican-based sportsbook service a fee to use its online gambling platform. DelGiudice then solicited gamblers to place wagers on the website. To increase the number of gamblers, DelGiudice hired agents, including Urlacher, to enlist additional gamblers in exchange for a cut of their eventual losses. The indictment specifically alleges that Urlacher helped one gambler create a log-in and password for the Costa Rican website.
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The indictment also accuses Nicholas Stella, an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, as among DelGiudice’s agents. Stella has since been suspended from the Chicago Police Department. “Those who enforce the law should understand more than anyone the importance of following the law,” Chicago Police Department Superintendent Charlie Beck said. “[T]he allegations against suspended police officer Nicholas Stella are very serious and if proven, they undermine everything the men and women of the Chicago Police Department represent.”
Reportedly, the ring racked up millions of dollars in profit. For example, during an April 2019 search of DelGiudice’s Orland Park, Illinois home, federal agents found more than $1.06 million dollars in cash, $347,895 in silver bars and jewelry, and $92,623 in gold coins.
When asked about the charges, Urlacher told the Chicago Sun-Times, “I don’t know nothing about it. I don’t know who you’re talking about.” Notably, Urlacher is the mayor of the small Illinois village of Mettawa. Former NFL linebacker Brian Urlacher was not named in the federal prosecutor’s indictment and does not appear connected to the charges or the illegal gambling ring.