Steubenville man forfeits $1.5 million, sentenced to house arrest for operating gambling business

A Steubenville man forfeited more than $1.5 million and was sentenced to eight months of house arrest for operating a gambling business, said Carole S. Rendon, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Timothy Smith, 53, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of conducting an illegal gambling business. He was sentenced to eight months of house arrest with electronic monitoring and ordered to forfeit $1,526,104.

Smith operated Timmy’s, a sports wagering business in Steubenville where people could wager on professional and amateur sporting events. Employees at Timmy’s displayed dry erase boards and paper fliers showing high school, college and professional sporting events and associated point spreads. Confidential sources placed several bets on games in 2013 and 2014, according to court documents.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Toepfer and James Morford following an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Steubenville Police Department and the FBI.

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