ESPN: Golfer Phil Mickelson linked to ‘illegal gambling operation’


According to ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines,’ Phil Mickelson is linked to an “illegal gambling operation” based outside the United States. They cite court documents and other sources in their investigation.

Mickelson has not been charged with any wrongdoing and is not under any federal investigation, but according to the report, the man who handled Mickelson’s money in the scheme pled guilty in court last week:

Per ESPN: “A 56-year-old former sports gambling handicapper, acting as a conduit for an offshore gambling operation, pleaded guilty last week to laundering approximately $2.75 million of money that two sources told Outside the Lines belonged to Mickelson.

Gregory Silveira of La Quinta reached an agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to three counts of money laundering of funds from an unnamed “gambling client” of his between February 2010 and February 2013. Sources familiar with the case said Mickelson, who was not named in court documents, is the unnamed “gambling client.” Silveira is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5 before U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips and faces up to 60 years in prison, though the sentence will likely be far shorter.”

Mickelson’s public relations guy, T.R. Reinman, told USA TODAY the golfer has no comment on the matter.

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