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Case Number: 2:17-cr-00232-JAM
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Eastern District of California (Sacramento County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Sacramento, California
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Description: Sacramento, California illegal gambling criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with conducting an illegal gambling business, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and failure to appear.
According to court documents, Gohar participated in operating an organization that installed and maintained illegal video slot machines at businesses open to the public across Northern California. Gohar also participated in two different conspiracies to launder the proceeds of the lucrative gambling business through co-defendants’ other businesses. In total, Gohar participated in laundering at least $650,000.
Court documents also detail Gohar’s escape from the United States by charter jet through Mexico, France, and Israel. Gohar was first arrested on Dec. 8, 2017, in connection with his initial charges and granted pretrial release. On Jan. 8, 2018, he failed to appear in federal court for a hearing, and he remained a fugitive for nearly two years until his arrest in Israel in December 2019.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and California Department of Justice – Bureau of Gambling Control. Assistance was provided by the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs and Israeli authorities. Assistant U.S. Attorney Miriam R. Hinman is prosecuting the case.
Co-defendant Eran Buhbut, 35, of Oakland, has also pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing. The remaining co-defendants have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.
CONDUCTING AND ILLEGAL GAMBLING BUSINESS
CONDUCTING AN ILLEGAL GAMBLING BUSINESS
CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MONEY LAUNDERING
FAILURE TO APPEAR
Outcome: 11/24/2020 395 MINUTES for proceedings held via video conference before District Judge John A. Mendez: CHANGE OF PLEA HEARING as to Orel Gohar held on 11/24/2020. M. Hinman appeared via video for the government. T. Leras appeared via video for the defendant. Defendant, in custody, appeared via video with 394 Consent to Appear via Video on file. Defense Counsel confirmed that Defendant was prepared to proceed. 392 Plea Agreement on file; Defendant was sworn. After the plea colloquy, the Court ENTERED Defendant's guilty plea to Counts 1, 2-3 & 8 of the 94 Superseding Indictment and ADJUDGED Defendant guilty. The matter was REFERRED to U.S. Probation for the preparation of a Presentence Report. Judgment and Sentencing SET for 3/2/2021 at 9:30 AM before District Judge John A. Mendez. Court Reporter: T. Spencer. [TEXT ONLY ENTRY] (Michel, G.) (Entered: 11/24/2020)