A Meridian man was sentenced Monday to three months of home detention and two years of probation for operating an illegal poker business.
Kings Daniel Santy, 44, also must pay a $3,000 fine and complete 100 hours of community service in the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge.
Santy admitted in court to operating gambling houses in Nampa and Boise over the past seven years. He told investigators he made about $50,000 a year from the business. Federal search warrants were executed on the two homes - 37 N. Kings Street in Nampa and 6655 W. Victory Road in Boise - in April 2013. Both gambling houses had generated citizen complaints over the years, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, and in 2012 Boise police responded to the home on Victory Road after someone died of a drug overdose.
Santy also was ordered to forfeit $16,262.87 in seized currency and at least $100,000 in cash proceeds, according to the release.
Santy pleaded guilty to one count of operating an illegal gambling business on Feb. 3, 2014.
Skinner Skip Anderson II, 57, was sentenced earlier this year to 120 hours of community service, a year of probation and given a $2,500 fine for 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 the Boise home to Santy, who said 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.
Santy's case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, which is composed of federal, state, and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boise Police Department, Ada County Sheriffs Office, Caldwell Police Department, Nampa Police Department, Meridian Police Department, Canyon County Sherriffs Office, and the Idaho Department of Correction. The Metro Task Force was assisted by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.