A New Jersey High School Football coach has been charged with fraud in connection with the $7.5 million gambling ring that targeted players in the state’s high school division.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s office said on Tuesday that David W. Wren, 38, of Brunswick, N.J., was charged with one count of grand theft of property and one count each of money laundering and wire fraud.
Wren’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the indictment, the scheme included: $7,977,878 in proceeds from a lottery jackpot of $1.5 billion that was won in 2011; $3,000,000 in winnings from an online lottery that was held between October 2011 and February 2012; $1,000 of winnings at a casino in New York City in June 2013; $4,500 of winings at a casinos gambling in New Jersey in July 2013; and $10,000 at a gaming table in New Orleans in March 2013.
The indictment said that Wren’s conduct included: knowingly making a false statement to the lottery commission regarding the number of prizes that he received, the total amount of wineries and other amounts; and, conspiring with others to obtain and conceal the total amounts of winery and other sums.
Warden is accused of failing to disclose to the commission the total value of wineria and other prizes obtained by the scheme.
The alleged scheme also included the purchase of winerys, including one $6,000 cash prize, in the summer of 2012 at a New Jersey gambling establishment and then making the wineries available for use at a nearby gambling establishment, which he also did not disclose to commission members.
Warns was also accused of making false statements to state regulators in relation to his winery holdings.
According for the indictment:In June 2013, Wren received a $4.7 million check for $6 million from an unnamed lottery winner.
Weren’t informed that the $4 million would be returned to him, the indictment said.
In December 2013, the lottery lottery commission, the New Jersey Lottery, Wrench and another unnamed person received a check for a total of $741,566.00 for the winery in Brunswick.
In the check, the commission said that the total sum of wines and other items was $5,064,927.72.
Wrench then told the commission that the amount was “not a lottery winery,” the indictment says.
The commission then awarded $3 million to Wren and another person for winery purchases, including a $2,400 cash prize.
Wreckers’ attorney said Wren had never made a profit on the lottery wineries, and that the money from the lottery jackpots was used to repay Wren for loans and other business ventures.
Wrenches attorney said that he had never met Wren nor had any dealings with him before, and would not comment on the pending criminal investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.