‘Ray Donovan’ Producer Leaves Show After Guilty Plea in Gambling Case

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'Ray Donovan' Producer Leaves Show After Guilty Plea in Gambling CaseAccording to Entertainment Weekly, Bryan Zuriff, executive producer of Showtime series “Ray Donovan,” is taking a leave of absence from the show after pleading guilty in a gambling case.

Zuriff is on trial for his role in a sports betting scheme with ties to the Russian mob.

Last Thursday, Zuriff pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting a financial instrument in connection with illegal online gambling.

According to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, whom announced the plea Friday, Zuriff ran an illegal gambling operation in Los Angeles and assisted one in New York.  When sentenced in November, Zuriff faces five years in prison.  He will forfeit $500,000.

In April, authorities indicted 34 people in association with Russian-American organized-crime operations.  The operations allegedly laundered $100 million from unlawful gambling activities that included poker games athletes and celebrities made an appearance in.

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