Widow of murdered 5Dimes founder seeks license in N.J. Joseph N. DiStefano, Philadelphia Inquirer · October 28, 2020 at 8:16 pm It has been two years since her flip-flop-wearing, math-whiz husband disappeared. “It feels like 20,” says sports-betting business-owner Laura Varela, from her home in San Jose, Costa Rica. It has been a year since authorities identified his remains, after a botched kidnapping, a million-dollar bitcoin ransom and 12 arrests in two countries, leaving her to raise their two children alone. “I feel as if I am living my life through someone else,” adds Varela. And it was last month that Varela agreed to pay $47 million for peace with the U.S. government agents and federal prosecutors in Philadelphia who had been pressing her husband and his Costa Rica-based, U.S.-focused sports betting company, 5Dimes, in a money-laundering and tax investigation.