Antiguan national Richard Sullivan, who allegedly ran an illegal offshore gambling operation with brothers Robert Eremian and Daniel Eremian, was recently arrested after more than a decade on the run.
He was taken into custody at JFK International Airport in New York City on August 20th, 2023, after arriving from Antigua.
Sullivan was indicted on charges of operating an online gambling site licensed in Antigua but operating illegally in the United States in 2010.
He is facing numerous charges, including racketeering, money laundering, and operating an illegal gambling business.
Sullivan was arraigned in a New York court and will appear in a Boston federal court later.
Robert Eremian is still at large, while Daniel Eremian and another co-conspirator, Todd Lyons, were convicted and sentenced to prison in 2011.
The gambling ring collected over $22 million and laundered over $10 million through checks and wire transfers.
It is alleged that a gambling ring, purportedly employing around 50 gambling agents in the United States, solicited hundreds of customers and collected gambling debts, forwarding the illegal gambling proceeds to Antigua.
Sullivan is said to have managed the daily activities of Sports Offshore at its gambling office in St. John’s, Antigua.
As part of his role, Sullivan purportedly supervised approximately 30-50 employees who accepted wagers from customers in the United States, placed over the telephone and the internet.
Sullivan allegedly directed collection activities regarding customers and agents located in the United States who owed money to Sports Offshore and served as an agent for Sports Offshore.
He was responsible for a group of Massachusetts customers who gambled with Sports Offshore and earned commissions on gambling losses incurred by those customers.
Sullivan is also alleged to have used individuals residing in Massachusetts to collect money from his Massachusetts customers, which he shipped directly to Antigua via the mail.