2 brothers sentenced in California for running international sports betting ring

They also were fined $50,000.

SAN DIEGO –  Two brothers who ran an international sports betting ring have been sentenced in California to federal prison.

Authorities say the company took millions of dollars in bets from customers throughout California, strong-armed debtors and laundered proceeds.

The two pleaded guilty to racketeering.

Nearly $12 million in assets were seized.

. Erik Portocarrero was given 22 months.

An FBI investigation began in 2011 and led to 18 arrests in Los Angeles, San Diego and Norway, where Erik Portocarrero lived at the time. All 18 have now pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors say the brothers ran an Internet and telephone gambling enterprise called “Macho Sports” for more than a decade from a headquarters in Lima, Peru.

A judge in San Diego sentenced Jan Portocarrero to 18 months on Friday

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