Cuyahoga County

Convicted gambler loses nightstand stash of $500,000, gets probation and $5,000 fine


CLEVELAND, Ohio – A convicted gambler who stashed $500,000 under his nightstand lost the money Monday when a judge sentenced him in a wide-ranging electronic gaming ring.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Russo signed off on forfeiture papers that allowed police and prosecutors to split the proceeds of Kurt Immler's illegal gaming business. Moments later, Russo sentenced Immler, 49, to a year of probation and fined him $5,000.

Immler, of Dalton in Wayne County, pleaded guilty last month to attempted money laundering, possessing criminal tools and gambling. Russo said that if Immler violates his probation, he faces a year in prison. Immler was not indicted; he admitted to the charges brought by prosecutors in a document called a bill of information.

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