Former outlaw biker jailed for bookmaking

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Billy Miller, 54, a former Hells Angels biker, has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for participating in the bookmaking operations of a criminal organization, a sophisticated sports-betting enterprise known as Platinum Sports Book. (Sun files)

A former Hells Angels biker was sentenced to 15 months behind bars for his “leadership role” in the “huge” criminal gambling organization that prompted a massive police raid on a lavish 2013 Super Bowl party.

“Platinum is a large and sophisticated criminal organization that had as its main purpose...bookmaking,” Justice Michael Brown said as he passed sentence Thursday on Billy Miller.

The 54-year-old former head of the North Toronto chapter of the Hells Angels was convicted earlier this year of participating in the bookmaking operations of a criminal organization, Platinum Sports Book. Platinum is a sophisticated sports-betting enterprise police had alleged was linked to biker gangs and the Italian Mafia.

Platinum ran a website off servers in Costa Rica that took bets from thousands of gamblers or “players” across Southern Ontario on sports ranging from horse racing, to college football, to the NFL.

Miller, who wasn’t the head of Platinum, helped organize that huge Super Bowl party with more than 2,300 guests, court heard.

“There’s no direct evidence that Miller received cash or made any profit from Platinum, but it was an organization engaged in bookmaking involving extremely large sums of money,” said Brown.

Miller wasn’t involved in any violence or threats of violence in his six-month stint at Platinum, which ended in March 2013, said Brown.

Police executed a raid with hundreds of officers at the 2013 Super Bowl party inside a banquet hall north of Toronto. Miller and five others were arrested as the 2,300 party guests watched.

Ultimately, dozens more people were charged and officers seized $4.6 million in cash, claiming Platinum had revenues of more than $100 million.

Miller, 54, was acquitted on an extortion charge on March 17 but convicted of bookmaking for the benefit of criminal organization.

Crown attorney Matthew Bloch asked Brown to impose a sentence of two years less a day against Miller, who now mostly lives in the Dominican Republic.

Miller’s lawyer Paula Rochman said his client should receive a suspended sentence, a substantial fine or, at the most, six months in jail.

Miller, who has an extensive but dated criminal record for weapons and gaming-related charges, hasn’t had a conviction since 2002, said Brown.

There was no evidence at Miller’s trial to tie him or Platinum to either the Mafia or the Hells Angels.

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