PLAINS TWP. — A Lackawanna County man is facing bookmaking charges on allegations he collected debt money for wagers placed earlier this year using a sports gambling website.
State police on Thursday filed five misdemeanor counts of engaging in pool selling/bookmaking against William Schreiber, 32, of 634 North Irving Ave., Scranton.
According to an affidavit filed by state police, informants told them they owed money to Schreiber after he acted as a “bookie” for a website called www.wager2020.com. Troopers referred to it as an “illegal website.”
The main page of that site features photos of two players in NFL football uniforms, and a link to wagering rules for bets on a number of North American sports leagues. When contacted by The Times Leader, a man who answered the phone at Wager 2020 said the person who responds to news media questions was not available. He confirmed that the site was based outside of the United States but would not say where.
Two confidential sources in May reported making payments, ranging from $150 to $400, to Schreiber on at least five occasions, troopers said.
A person identified only as confidential source 1, or CS1, told troopers that a confidential informant asked them to relay money to Schreiber as payment for losing a bet on the Wager 2020 site. CS1 reported handing $200 and $250 directly to Schreiber, according to police.
A second confidential source, CS2, reported meeting with a confidential informant on three occasions to help that person relay payment of gambling debts to Schreiber, police said.
CS2 told troopers that the confidential informant told them Schreiber appeared with another man in the poker room at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino in Plains Township and had words with the informant about money that was owed. The informant told CS2 that they feared “Billy” and “Billy’s friend,” and asked CS2 to relay money to a third party for delivery to Schreiber. CS2 agreed.
CS2 “stated that prior to taking money from the confidential informant, Billy (Schreiber) sent him/her a text asking if he/she would be willing to take the money from the confidential informant and give it to a third party,” who would deliver it to Schreiber. The source agreed, troopers said.
That source allegedly also told police about participating in the “illegal website” on two occasions and making payments to Schreiber — first in person, later by placing money in a bank account. The payments included a “juice” payment equivalent to 50 cents for every $5 lost, CS2 told police.
Schreiber is to be served by summons. A preliminary hearing has been set for Oct. 10 before District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township.