Prosecutors seek prison for NYC art dealer

AP News
Posted: Apr 30, 2014 12:08 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors are using a photo of a wealthy New York art dealer cheering courtside at a Knicks game to argue for a prison term in his gambling case.

The photo was published in the New York Post shortly after the arrest of Hillel "Helly" Nahmad.

Prosecutors say it shows he wasn't taking the charges seriously. He was wearing a cap with a playing card on it.

Prosecutors are seeking at least a year behind bars for Nahmad at his sentencing Wednesday. His lawyers say he deserves only probation.

Nahmad pleaded guilty late last year to running an illegal sports betting business. His operation was exposed by an investigation of a sprawling money-laundering scheme by Russian-American organized crime enterprises.

So far, 28 people have pleaded guilty. Some were professional poker players.