Casey Urlacher, brother of Chicago Bears linebacker and Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, reportedly faces criminal charges along with eight other individuals for their alleged involvement in an illegal offshore gambling operation, per the Chicago Sun-Times.
Casey Urlacher is 40-years old and currently serves as the mayor of Mettawa, a village in Lake County, Illinois.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, “The indictment revolves around the website unclemicksports.com and the activities of Vincent ‘Uncle Mick’ DelGiudice, 54, who allegedly ran an illegal operation that accepted wagers from as many as 1,000 gamblers on the outcome of professional and amateur sporting events.”
The 28-page indictment alleges that Casey was among others recruited by DelGiudice to serve as agents of sorts for the illegal gambling business. Prosecutors are alleging that Delgiudice paid a Costa Rica-based company more than $10,000 a month for the website, which was allegedly used for all elements of the gambling operation, from betting to accounting to record-keeping.
Jon Seidel, Federal Courts Reporter for the Sun-Times, released several details via his Twitter account, including the allegation that Casey Urlacher passed gambling debts back-and-forth between DelGiudice and others.
The younger Urlacher also allegedly recruited new gamblers while both collecting and paying out cash.
Casey Urlacher Has Initially Denied All Allegations & Involvement
Casey Urlacher has denied the allegations, telling the Sun-Times: “I don’t know nothing about it. I don’t know who you’re talking about.”
DelGiudice has been charged with one count of conspiracy to conduct an illegal gambling operation, one count of conducting an illegal gambling business, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and six counts of money laundering, according to the Sun-Times.
The gambling ring allegedly had over 1,000 members. The nine other agents named in the indictment were 46-year-old Matthew Knight of Mokena, who also goes by the monikers ‘Sweaters’ and ‘McDougal’, Justin Hines, 40, of Algonquin, Keith D. Benson, 49, of Lemont; Todd Blanken, 43, of Cary, Nicholas Stella, 42, of Chicago, Matthew Namoff, 23, of Midlothian, and Vasilios Prassas, 37, of Chicago.
Casey played college football at the New Mexico Military Institute but was not selected in the NFL Draft in 2003. The Bears gave him a tryout, but he did not manage to secure a spot on the roster. He spent some time in 2004-05 bouncing around the Arena Football League and was elected the mayor of Mettawa in 2013.
Casey also ran for a Senate seat in 2015 as a fiscal conservative, but ultimately lost to Dan McConchie in the March 2016 primary.