DETROIT, MI Brian Benderoff, a professional gambler from Southfield who racked up six-figure gambling debts, was part of a scheme with two others to scam investors out of hundreds to thousands of dollars to finance gambling trips to Las Vegas, the federal government alleges in a civil forfeiture court case unfolding in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Brian Benderoff, 50, of Southfield, doesnt face criminal charges
The scheme worked until Benderoff, 50, and his associates arrived at the Detroit Metro Airport in June with a suitcase full of money about $2.5 million, about $1.6 million of it in cash, according to court documents in the suit filed Dec. 23. The feds say the money was illegally obtained.
Federal authorities were alerted after …
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