Owner of Boise gambling house avoids jail

February 18, 2014 

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

Skinner “Skip” Anderson II, 57, was sentenced to 120 hours of community service, a year of probation and given a $2,500 fine during an appearance Tuesday afternoon before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.

Anderson pleaded guilty in December 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.

Anderson rented a home he owned at 6655 W. Victory Road, near the Boise Airport, to Nampa resident Kings Daniel Santy in 2008. Santy told Anderson he planned to operate an auto repossession business from the home, but instead hosted poker games and tournaments.

Anderson learned about the gambling when a woman whose husband or boyfriend lost their rent money in a poker game called him to complain. The landlord questioned Santy, who admitted to hosting the games in the house. Anderson looked the other way instead of reporting him to police.

Anderson was arrested in late November, a week after federal officials filed a seizure order to take ownership of the house.

The home on Victory Road was also used as a clubhouse for the Red Warriors Motorcycle Club, an affiliate of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Anderson previously served as the treasurer for the Red Warriors, prosecutors said.

Because of Anderson’s involvement with Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Winmill ordered that Anderson not have any contact with documented gang members or gang paraphernalia.

Santy, 44, was not arrested until late last month. He pleaded guilty Feb. 3 to operating an illegal gambling business. He faces five years in prison when he is sentenced April 21.

Authorities are seeking $100,000 from illegal gambling proceeds from Santy and the forfeiture of $16,283 seized in a raid on the Boise home and another gambling den he operated in Nampa.

Santy said the poker games had been in nearly continuous operation for over six years and that others were involved in their ownership.

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