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Lincoln men arrested in police gambling bust

Lincoln men arrested in police gambling bust

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A 6-week investigation by the Lincoln Police Department's technical investigations unit culminated with the arrests of two men on suspicion of gambling offenses, Assistant Police Chief Jim Peschong said Monday.

John Madsen of 5153 Starr St. was charged Monday with a second offense of promoting gambling in the first degree.

Police cited 28-year-old Robert Williams Jr. of 5145 Gladstone St. for suspicion of promoting gambling.

Both men took sports bets of more than $1,000 from "quite a few people," Peschong said.

Williams was interviewed, cited and released, Peschong said. He could not be reached for comment.

Madsen, 55, said Monday he had posted off-shore bets via the Internet for friends, which he said was not illegal.

He readily admitted he was a bookie in the mid-1980s, but he said he no longer was involved in illegal gambling.

"For some reason, they think I'm a bookie," Madsen said. "It's not true."

He said he posted the bets because he has access to the Internet and his friends do not.

He said he planned to take his case to trial, where he will fight the charges against him.

Madsen was convicted on Nov. 26, 1985, of promoting gambling in the first degree, according to court records.

Madsen's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 15.

Reach Leah Thorsen at 473-7246 or lthorsen@journalstar.com.

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