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Suspended Sentences for Sports Betting Operation

Two brothers pleaded guilty to conducting an illegal, sports-betting operation and received suspended prison sentences. They are Jorge F. Reyes, 34, of 5308 Sammie Kay Lane in Centreville, and Giancarlo Reyes, 26, of 9606 Smokewood Place in Fairfax.

In Dec. 4, 2006 affidavits to search their homes for possible evidence, an undercover detective with the Fairfax County Police Department's Money-Laundering Unit detailed the cases against both men. Acting on information from another law-enforcement agency, he began investigating Jorge Reyes on Aug. 7, 2006.

HE LEARNED that a telephone number connected to him was "a recording to obtain the sports [betting] line on different sports events, mainly professional and college football."

Obtaining search warrants, police searched Jorge Reyes' Centreville home Dec. 4, 2006 and seized cash, a passport, computers and, wrote the detective, "numerous records and documents supporting the illegal, sports-betting operation investigation."

The detective wrote that Jorge Reyes "admitted to being a book maker and stated that he had approximately 15 players. [He] also confirmed that the gambling records recovered from the [Centreville] address were his."

According to the detective, these records revealed gambling debts owed to Jorge Reyes ranging from $600 to more than $20,000. He wrote that notations on gambling documents showed that, over some 12 months, Jorge Reyes had received payments from gambling debts "in excess of $50,000."

Giancarlo Reyes' Fairfax home was also searched, and police said he, too, implicated himself in the crime and acknowledged debts owed him ranging from $600 to more than $20,000. On Dec. 4, 2006, police charged both men with conducting an illegal gambling operation.

They pleaded guilty, Nov. 6, in Circuit Court before Judge Michael McWeeny. The brothers then each received two-year, suspended sentences and were each placed on two years probation.