Joplin man pleads guilty in gambling operation

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A 72-year-old Joplin man has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to running an illegal online gambling operation.

Kenneth B. Lovett pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Springfield on a single count of transmitting wagering information over the Internet.

The Joplin Globe reports ( that Lovett was charged in a 16-count indictment in February.

A plea agreement Lovett reached with federal prosecutors says he ran a gambling operation that primarily handled wagers placed on National Football League games between Jan. 1, 2003, and Feb. 8, 2011.

Information from: The Joplin Globe,


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