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Girl Bookie Charged With Running "Pretty Big Operation" in Hollywood
NBC Miami ^ | Friday, Mar 16, 2012 | Jeff Burnside

Posted on 03/17/2012 10:06:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Briana Rios, 19, was bringing in $10,000 a day or more, her ex-boyfriend says

Police said they arrested the head of an illegal gambling operation in South Florida – and she’s just in her teens.

Briana Rios, 19, is charged with bookmaking and running a gambling house. It was run out of Transfer Xpress, a money transfer store on Pembroke Road in Hollywood that was shut down in a raid a few months ago, authorities said in a Broward County courtroom Friday.

"The operation was used to place bets on upcoming sporting events. At one point, they even saw you standing next to the cash register where you were taking money,” Judge John Hurley told Rios. Her alleged bookmaking occurred between October and December 2011, Hurley said.

“It looks like there were a lot of customers going in here. You even had allegedly had computers inside to help you place the bets,” Hurley added. “This doesn't look like a small, penny ante operation. Seems like a pretty big operation."

Indeed it was, according to Rios’ ex-boyfriend, Jose Solis, who says she was bringing in $10,000 a day or more. Bookies are often paid 10 percent of the wager, which means Rios could have been pulling in a profit that would prorate to about $300,000 a year.

"She's young. She's a little girl. She's 19 years old,” Solis said. “She didn't know what she was doing at the moment."

She didn’t know what she was doing before the judge at one moment either on Friday. After Hurley said that bets were placed for the NFL and NBA, Rios incriminated herself by finishing his sentence by adding “hockey” to his list.

"OK. Thanks for filling in the gap there, Ma'am,” he responded.

Rios said she has lived in South Florida her whole life and attended Miami Senior High School. Hurley set her bond at $20,000 for each of the two counts against her, and she remained in jail Friday night.

Neighboring businesses said they were surprised to learn police believe that a big-time bookmaking shop was next door.

"I saw her on the place a couple of times,” said Courtney Hutchinson, co-owner of the H&M Bar. “But she looked like a innocent young lady going in there to transfer money somewhere."

Solis said that his ex-girlfriend was not, in fact, “a mastermind of the whole gambling situation.”

Instead, the man who was in charge hired her, but he fled to the Dominican Republic and left her in charge, Solis said.

“She's just an employee there,” he said.


TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous; Sports
KEYWORDS: gambling

1 posted on 03/17/2012 10:06:23 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

That’s the trouble with criminal operations. The people have a tendency to get greedy and get to big.

If you’re going to do something, stay small. They probably would have never detected her if she kept her operation under 2 grand a day.


2 posted on 03/17/2012 10:15:26 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: nickcarraway

That’s the trouble with criminal operations. The people have a tendency to get greedy and get too big.

If you’re going to do something, stay small. They probably would have never detected her if she kept her operation under 2 grand a day.


3 posted on 03/17/2012 10:15:41 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: nickcarraway

The mob doesn’t like independents competing with them.


4 posted on 03/17/2012 10:32:59 AM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: nickcarraway; All

Hi, nick and company:

Have the girl roll over on her ex-boyfriend.
Have the cops or Feds find him if he’s crossed a state line.
Take his stash of cash and put it towards Florida’s taxes.
Give the girl a scholarship to MIT or Cal. Berkeley.
Then have the state PD or Feds hire her upon graduation for their Organized Crime Task Force.

Problem solved.


5 posted on 03/17/2012 10:53:13 AM PDT by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: nickcarraway
Geez - you left out the most important part of this story: is she or is she not guilty?


6 posted on 03/17/2012 11:28:52 AM PDT by fr_freak
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To: nickcarraway

wow.

“I also did Hockey” she says... “Uh.. wait a sec... I’m NOT guilty. heh”

lol.


7 posted on 03/17/2012 11:45:12 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds like the ex may have been the tipper.... and he might find himself getting beat up by her family at some point.


8 posted on 03/17/2012 11:50:56 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: nickcarraway

19 and smart enough to bring in $10,000 per day as a bookie? Too bad she didn’t put her talents to better use. She would have been running a large, legitimate business some day.


9 posted on 03/17/2012 11:54:41 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: fr_freak

Guilty !


10 posted on 03/17/2012 7:39:00 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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