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Bookie pleads guilty

1 November 2006

PENNSYLVANIA – As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "A Washington County restaurateur pleaded guilty Tuesday to running an illegal bookmaking business and criminal conspiracy in a nearly yearlong investigation of a multmillion-dollar gambling ring based in Pittsburgh.

"Michael 'Mickey' Flynn Jr., owner of the Union Grill in downtown Washington, acknowledged coordinating the gambling ring with others, including onetime illegal video poker kingpin John "Duffy" Conley, formerly of the South Side. Flynn also pleaded guilty to being a felon who possessed six firearms.

"Flynn faces between 24 and 30 months in prison and will be sentenced Feb. 9. He will forfeit more than $800,000 seized from his home and investment accounts as part of his plea deal.

"Flynn, 64, was convicted in February 2004 on state charges of running a bookmaking operation out of his restaurant. The recent investigation landed him back in the Washington County Jail for seven months for violating the parole conditions from the earlier conviction…"

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