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.
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 beteastsports.com 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.