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Police Release Names in Bookmaking Investigation

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police released the names of the eight Las Vegas residents arrested in connection with a New York City Police investigation of illegal bookmaking and money laundering.

Arrested Wednesday were Michael Colbert, 32, sports book chief at the M Resort in Henderson, Nev.; Joseph David Paulk, 35; Paul Sexton, age unavailable; Jerry Martin Branca, 67; Kelly Rae Barsel, 42; Brandt Alan England, age unavailable; and Steven Santo Diano, 48. Ian Mandell, age unavailable, was taken to University Medical Center as a precaution and booked in absentia. His mugshot was not made available.

SLIDESHOW: Suspects Arrested in connection with Investigation

Gaming Control Board enforcement chief Jerry Markling said Colbert, a Cantor Gaming manager, was arrested Wednesday along with seven others not involved with the company.

A Cantor spokesman said the case doesn't involve the company.

An M Resort spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a message.

Records show Colbert and six others are jailed in Las Vegas.

Markling said each faces enterprise corruption, money laundering and conspiracy charges in New York.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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