Meridian man pleads guilty to illegal gambling businesses

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A 44-year-old Meridian man has pleaded guilty to operating an illegal gambling business.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson says Kings Daniel Santy entered his plea Monday during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge in Boise.

Prosecutors say Santy admitted owning and operating two illegal gambling businesses, one in Boise and the other in Nampa. He said the poker games had been in nearly continuous operation for over six years and that others were involved in their ownership.

Olson says as part of the plea agreement, Santy will forfeit just over $16,000 in seized currency and another $100,000 in proceeds from his illegal gambling business.

He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on April 21.