Request Denied in Rogers Sportsbook Case

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 12:00 am   1 min read

One of the many ways a traveler can reach Grove, Oklahoma, from Rogers, less than 60 miles away.

Remember the case involving allegations of a large-scale illegal gambling operation in Benton County?

Well, as Robert Rogers, 73, awaits trial in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville on one charge of operating a gambling business and one count of money laundering, he asked his judge for a small favor. He wanted the conditions of his pretrial release modified so that he could travel to his lake house in Grove, Oklahoma.

“The weekends at the Grove, OK, property is a respite from his weekly meetings with counsel and provides much needed mental health stimulation in preparation for trial,” Rogers’ attorney, Kimberly Weber of Rogers, said in the court filing last month. In addition, the property needs to be winterized, work that Rogers’ wife isn’t able to perform.

Weber also said Rogers would wear an ankle bracelet.

The request was denied.

Rogers allegedly generated about $1 million in wagers every year between 2012 and 2015, mainly through bookmaking on professional sporting events.

His trial is set for Feb. 5 in front of U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks.



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