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Former Bears Todd Burger arrested in Internet gambling bust

The former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Todd Burger has been arrested during an Internet gambling sting.

Former Bears Todd Burger arrested in Internet gambling bust Todd Burger, former NFL player for the Chicago Bears, has been arrested during an Internet gambling bust. According to reports, the former Bears offensive lineman was one of five arrested in connection with illegal Internet gambling operation using the website to process the sports wagers. Todd Burger allegedly collected the sports betting debts for the leader of the group Anthony "Cheese" Pecoraro. Todd Burger played 24 games for the Chicago Bears between 1993 and 1997, after being signed as a free agent from Penn State.

 The bust of the illegal online sports betting operation comes as a result of 4-month joint probe between New Jersey Sate Police and the Somerset County prosecutor's office. According to the police, Anthony "Cheese" Pecoraro was the one controlling the operation, collecting bets and debts and taking care of the payouts. Code names were given to the gamblers, who then could log in to the illegal sports betting website and place wagers according to their limits set by Pecoraro. In addition to Anthony Pecoraro and Todd Burger, authorities arrested Stephen Barone, Daniel Alaimo and Peter Carfaro, seized about $70,000 in cash from the suspects, computers and a Magnum handgun.

 Published on 12/18/2007

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