US: Big bets, hired muscle and money laundering revealed in Portland bookie case


May 25 2018

Dozens of recorded phone calls to Stephen Mardigan in which he takes bets from gamblers, discusses how they can pay their debts and confers with other bookies offer insight into how the Portland man who now faces nearly three decades behind bars ran what federal officials are calling Maine’s largest gambling operation.

Transcripts of the phone recordings were included in documents filed Thursday in federal court in Portland that indicate the FBI also used informants, including one who lost about $2 million in bets, to build their case against Mardigan. He has pleaded guilty to operating a high-stakes sports gambling business for at least 14 years from his home on Baxter Boulevard and his used-car business on Forest Avenue.