Millions in Mickelson funds laundered


NEW YORK: About $2.75 million transferred from five-time major golf champion Phil Mickelson to an intermediary was laundered in an illegal sports betting operation, ESPN reported Monday (Tuesday in Manila), noting Mickelson has not been charged. The 45-year-old American, who earlier this month missed his second chance at completing a career Grand Slam by failing to win at the US Open, is not under investigation, according to the sports television network’s website report. Gregory Silveira, who has pleaded guilty to three counts of laundering funds from an unnamed client in March of 2010, faces an October 5 sentencing hearing in US District Court. He could receive up to 60 years in prison, though a much lighter sentence is likely. Citing two unnamed sources and court documents, ESPN reported that Mickelson is the unnamed gambling client of Silveira, who accepted a wire transfer of $2.75 million and admitted moving the funds into other accounts for the purpose of illegal gambling.



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