An Illinois village mayor who is the brother of former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has been charged along with several other people with operating an offshore gambling business.
Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher, 40, and nine others, including a police officer, were charged with conspiracy and running an illegal gambling business that raked in millions of dollars, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.
Casey Urlacher allegedly recruited bettors in exchange for a portion of their eventual losses.
“I don’t know nothing about it,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times when asked about the allegations.
Before entering politics, Casey played football at Lake Forest College and the Arena Football League. In 2013, he was elected mayor of the village of about 550 residents.
Also named in the indictment is Nicholas Stella, 42, an 18-year veteran of the Chicago police force. He has been stripped of his law enforcement powers after being accused of acting as an agent.
“Those who enforce the law should understand more than anyone the importance of following the law,” police Superintendent Charlie Beck said Thursday.
“The allegations against suspended police officer Nicholas Stella are very serious and if proven, they undermine everything the men and women of the Chicago Police Department represent,” he added.
The alleged ringleader is Vincent DelGiudice, 54, who allegedly paid a Costa Rica-based sportsbook a service fee to use its online platform and recruited gamblers, according to the feds.
Casey told the Chicago Sun-Times he didn’t know a bookie named DelGiudice.
“I don’t know who you’re talking about,” he told the paper, though the indictment alleges he asked the suspect to create a log-in and password for a gambler on the site.
Brian Urlacher wasn’t named in the indictment.
With Post wires