‘Ray Donovan’ Producer Pleads Guilty in NY Online Gambling Case

by | July 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM | Ray Donovan, TV News

Bryan Zuriff, executive producer of Showtime's "Ray Donovan," starring Liev Schreiber, seen last January in L.A. (Photo: Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — A Hollywood producer has pleaded guilty in New York for his role in a high-stakes sports betting business run by an organized-crime enterprise.

Bryan Zuriff is executive producer of the Showtime series “Ray Donovan.” He pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to accepting a financial instrument in connection with unlawful Internet gambling.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH’-ruh) announced the plea Friday, saying Zuriff operated an illegal gambling enterprise in Los Angeles and helped run one in New York.

Zuriff faces five years in prison when sentenced in November. He’s agreed to forfeit $500,000. His lawyer hasn’t returned a message seeking comment.

Authorities in April indicted 34 people accused of being part of a scheme by two Russian-American organized-crime enterprises. They say the enterprises laundered $100 million from illegal gambling including poker games attended by celebrities and pro athletes.

There was no word on how Zuriff’s case might effect the future of “Ray Donovan,” which premiered only a few weeks ago to record ratings for Showtime.