Camp Hill Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Participation in Illegal Sports Gambling Operation
HARRISBURG, PA—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Steven Sheely, Sr., age 60 of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge William C. Caldwell to 14 months in federal prison. Sheely Sr. pled guilty on February 17, 2015, to conspiracy to run an illegal sports gambling operation. His son, Steven Sheely, Jr., pled guilty on December 4, 2014 and was sentenced in March 2015 to five months in federal prison.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Sheely, Sr. and the others took in millions of dollars in illegal bets on sporting events. The bookmaking activity took place mainly in central Pennsylvania where the participants lived. The conspiracy was uncovered primarily through the use of a court-authorized wiretap and the arrest of the participants in May 2014.
The prosecution stemmed from an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Racing Commission, and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant United States Attorney William A. Behe was assigned to handle the investigation and prosecution of the case.