Casey Urlacher, the mayor of the small suburban town of Mettawa, Illinois, was charged last year, along with several others, as a participant in an alleged sports gambling ring that could have led to federal prison time. Urlacher was accused of helping alleged ringleader Vincent “Uncle Mick” DelGiudice run an illegal multimillion dollar sports gambling ring while tracking down gabling debts. The ring involved up to 1,000 gamblers.
Urlacher pleaded not guilty to one count of participating in the gambling conspiracy and one count of running an illegal gambling business.
Casey’s more famous brother may have something to do with his pardon. Brian visited the White House in March 2020, not long after Casey was indicted, and spoke privately to Trump. That prompted speculation that he was lobbying Trump to pardon Casey for his alleged crimes.
President Trump did not speak to reporters as he arrived back at the White House just now, but he did invite the large man in the blue suit, who we believe to be Brian Urlacher of Chicago Bears fame, into the WH residence with him. pic.twitter.com/UEPKYPkbql
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) March 9, 2020
The White House released a statement about Urlacher’s pardon on Wednesday.
President Trump granted a full pardon to Casey Urlacher. This pardon is supported by his friends and family, and countless members of his community. Mr. Urlacher has been charged with conspiracy to engage in illegal gambling. Throughout his life, Mr. Urlacher has been committed to public service and has consistently given back to his community. Currently, Mr. Urlacher serves as the unpaid Mayor of Mettawa, Illinois. He is a devoted husband to his wife and a loving father to his 17-month old daughter.
Urlacher was charged with nine other people in connection to the illegal sports gambling ring. He was the only one Trump pardoned. The rest of the co-defendants are still facing charges.
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