February 26, 2020 — The FBI broke up a Chicago sports gambling ring being run out of Orland Park last week, indicting 10 people for allegedly operating an off shore betting business on the internet. The lead defendant in the case is Vincent (Uncle Mick) Delgiudice. Sources claim the gambling ring paid protection to the Chicago mob.
Two of Delgiudice’s co-defendants stand out from the pack; one is a long-time Chicago cop and the other is the Mayor of a small town in Lake County and the brother of Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker, Brian Urlacher. Chicago policeman Nick Stella, who has been on the force for almost 20 years, and Casey Urlacher, the 40-year old Mayor of Mettawa, Illinois, are charged with acting as “agents” for Delgiudice’s on-line offshore sports book based out of Costa Rica, directing bettors to Uncle Mick in exchange for a piece of their losses.
They all face up to five years in prison if convicted of the gambling counts. Delgiudice could get a 20-year term because he was hit with an additional money laundering charge.
Urlacher was elected Mayor of pint-sized Mettawa in 2013 and then re-elected in 2017. He moved to Illinois with his family in 2000 upon his older brother Brian being drafted by the Bears out of New Mexico. Casey Urlacher played fullback at Lake Forest College and in the Arena Football League. Brian was an 8-time All-Pro at middle linebacker, captaining the franchise to the Super Bowl in the 2006 campaign.
Stella joined the CPD in 2002. He was placed on “desk duty” back in the spring when word of the federal investigation into his activities reached his superiors. The indictment claims the Delgiudice gambling enterprise raked in millions in proceeds from 2016 until last year.
Delgiudice was caught on an FBI wiretap telling an associate he had more than 1,000 clients betting through him. An April 2019 raid of his residence uncovered 1.1 million in cash and another $500,000 in jewelry and bars of pure silver.
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