founder gets 4-plus years - founder gets 4-plus years

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The founder of the online gambling site has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Gary Kaplan was sentenced Monday in federal court in St. Louis, ending a lengthy case involving the complex world of offshore sports gambling. He pleaded guilty in August to federal racketeering and other charges.

In a plea agreement, Kaplan must forfeit $43.6 million.

Kaplan founded the company in 1995, setting up entities in Aruba, Antigua and eventually Costa Rica. The firm solicited U.S. citizens to place sports wagers by phone and over the Internet. It became one of the world's largest online gambling firms.

Kaplan has already been jailed for 31 months. The Bureau of Prisons will determine if he is given credit for time served.

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