Two U.S. Postal workers charged with running a sports bookmaking operation that dealt with tens of thousands of dollars per week have pleaded guilty this week to a number of criminal counts.
William John Beatty, 33, a postal clerk at the South Salt Lake branch post office, and John Paul Bertolina, 35, supervisor of mails at the post office's main branch, each pleaded guilty in 3rd District Court Monday to six Class A misdemeanor counts of gambling promotion and one count of second-degree felony pattern of unlawful activity.In exchange for the pleas, county prosecutors agreed to drop six other misdemeanor gambling-promotion charges. The agreement also allows the pair to be sentenced on the second-degree felony count as if it were a third-degree felony, reducing their possible prison sentences from 1-to-15-year to 0-to-5-year terms.
The plea bargain also allows the pair to withdraw their guilty pleas to the felony count if the judge declines to reduce the sentencing.
Judge Michael Murphy set sentencing for the pair for Feb. 11.
The two men were arrested in April 1990 following an investigation by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's office that uncovered a sports bookmaking operation in which as much as $30,000 allegedly changed hands in a given week.
Detectives seized about $250,000 in property and cash from the men when they were arrested.