Sentencing Set for Rogers Man

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 12, 2018 12:00 am   1 min read


May 3 has been set as the sentencing date for the Benton County man who ran a large-scale illegal gambling operation in northwest Arkansas.

Back in December, Robert Enos Rogers, who is 73 or 74, agreed to plead guilty to one charge of operating a gambling business and forfeit nearly $220,000, plus a 2013 Ford Flex, jewelry and a 2016 Manitou Aurora Angler 20 Pontoon Boat with a 2016 Mercury engine. In exchange for the plea, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District allowed Rogers to keep his homes in Rogers and Grove, Oklahoma, and it dropped one count of money laundering.

Rogers “admitted to running the gambling operation for at least the past 15 years with the assistance of at least four other people who would assist by taking bets placed over the telephone, collecting money, and paying out money from bets,” said the plea agreement, which was filed Jan. 8.

The filing didn’t name the other four people, and as of last week, no other charges have resulted in connection with the case.

Rogers made $70,000-$80,000 annually from the gambling operation, according to the filing. Rogers generated about $1 million in wagers every year between 2012 and 2015, mainly through bookmaking on professional sporting events.

He faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks will sentence Rogers in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville. Rogers is represented by Kimberly Weber of the law firm Matthews Campbell Rhoads McClure & Thompson in Rogers.



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