MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Wednesday, a federal judge sentenced Jose Abelardo Dominguez, 40, to three years in federal prison for his role in money laundering and tax evasion schemes.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge David Counts ordered that Dominguez pay $1,971,072.45 in restitution to the IRS, a $10,000 fine and a money judgment in the amount of $5,088,507.98. Dominguez was also ordered to forfeit seven real estate properties in Ector and Midland counties; approximately $375,000 in U.S. currency seized from various bank accounts; approximately $140,000 in U.S. Currency seized from two of his Odessa properties; and, four vehicles.
Judge Counts also ordered that Dominguez be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after completing her prison term.
According to authorities, Dominguez operated an illegal sports wagering enterprise from 2011 to 2016 and provided gamblers opportunities to place bets using websites www.betvegas365.com and www.1betvegas.com.
Gambling debts owed to Dominguez were usually paid through U.S. currency, checks, wire transfers or direct deposits into one of several bank accounts controlled by Dominguez. He used those funds to purchase real property and vehicles or to fund business ventures.
Dominguez created Peps Properties in June 2011 and Permian Basin Consulting, LLC in January 2014 and used their corresponding business bank accounts to launder proceeds from his sports wagering operation and conceal the source and/or nature of those proceeds. In 2014, Dominguez received in excess of $2.3 million dollars in gambling proceeds.
On June 19, 2018, Dominguez pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of tax evasion. By pleading guilty, Dominguez admitted that in August 2014 he engaged in a monetary transaction with criminally derived proceeds. Dominguez also admitted that he provided a federal income tax return for 2014 in which he falsely underreported his taxable income as $63,496.
The investigation was handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.