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Corpus Christi men facing charges for $3M illegal gambling business

Posted at 11:10 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 12:10:04-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Four Corpus Christi men will face charges for operating an illegal gambling business that netted $3 million.

U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick announced the indictment and charges against 44-year-old Nathan Nichols, 47-year-old Richard Nunez, 56-year-old Richard Conlon, and 51-year-old Douglas Wells with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and four counts of operating an illegal gambling business.

A press release from the U.S. attorney's office says that the illegal gambling business existed in Corpus Christi between March 13, 2018, to Aug. 1, 2019.
"According to the indictment, Nichols, Nunez, Conlon and Wells concealed and disguised the nature, location, source, ownership and control of the illegal gambling proceeds," says the release. "During the course of the investigation, authorities allegedly seized several million dollars, gold bars and multiple vehicles, including a Lamborghini."

Their arraignment date is Aug. 27 with U.S. Magistrate Judge Jason B. Libby.

If convicted, the four men will face up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $500,000 fine.

The FBI conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeremy C. Fugate, Neel Kapur, and Joel Dunn are prosecuting the case.