Man who helped run illegal gambling ring avoids prison Associated Press · April 23, 2019 at 10:07 am WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts man who helped run a sophisticated illegal sports gambling operation has avoided prison and been sentenced to two years of probation. Anthony Seariac was ordered to spend the first six months in home confinement, forfeit $92,000 to the government, and was fined $10,000. Prosecutors say the 38-year-old Holden man, a self-employed carpenter and hockey coach, worked as an agent in a gambling operation and had several people under him, recruiting bettors, collecting money and delivering winnings. He also controlled a “master administrative account” with an offshore betting website that was used to place and track bets. He pleaded guilty in January to running an illegal gambling business. He was spared prison time in part because there was no evidence of extortion, violence or threats used in the operation. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.