Boise gambling house owner pleads guilty

Statesman staffDecember 9, 2013 

With 1.25 acres of land, the property at 6655 W. Victory Road, just west of Boise Airport, is valued at $205,800, according to the Ada County Assessor’s Office.

KYLE GREEN — kgreen@idahostatesman.com

The owner of a home used to host poker tournaments pleaded guilty Monday, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson said.

Skinner “Skip” Anderson II, 57, entered the plea to a charge of misprision of a felony. The term dates to the common law in England and refers to a person with knowledge of a felony who conceals and does not bring that information to the police or other authorities.

Prosecutors are not suggesting that Anderson operated the games or participated, only that he knew they were going on.

Anderson leased the house to Nampa resident Kings Santy in 2008. The tenant told the landlord he planned to run an auto repossession business from the home, according to a report from federal prosecutors. Instead, Santy hosted poker games and tournaments at the residence.

Anderson found out about the gambling when a woman whose husband or boyfriend lost their rent money from a poker game called him to complain. The landlord questioned Santy who admitted to hosting the games in the house, but Anderson did not report him to authorities, prosecutors allege.

Santy has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

During Monday's change of plea hearing, Anderson admitted to having knowledge of an illegal gambling operation that was being run out of a house he owns located at 6655 W. Victory Road. He also admitted to taking steps to conceal the operation and not reporting it to authorities.

Anderson faces up to three years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and not more than one year of supervised release. Sentencing is set for Feb. 18, 2014, in Boise.

The government has also filed a complaint asking a judge to order seizure of the house.

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