Source: Recently Signed Wild Forward Vanek Connected to Federal Gambling Investigation

Updated: 07/21/2014 11:10 PM
Created: 07/21/2014 10:55 PM

A law enforcement source tells KSTP sister station News10NBC that recently signed Wild forward Thomas Vanek is connected to a federal gambling investigation in New York.

Vanek is not charged with any crime and he voluntarily came to the federal court building with his lawyer. But law enforcement sources say he's connected to that gambling investigation centered on the Marina Restaurant and Bar.

Three men, including restaurant co-owners Paul Borrelli and Joseph Ruff are facing 23 counts of illegal gambling, according to News10NBC.

Vanek's agent, Steve Bartlett, reported to media sources that Vanek appeared to discuss his role as a witness in the investigation.

Bartlett, issued this statement on Vanek's behalf:

"Representatives of the U.S. Federal Government have asked for my cooperation in an investigation. I am not the subject of any investigation or prosecution. I will fully cooperate with the U.S. Federal authorities in their investigation or in any proceedings arising out of it."

News10NBC called the U.S. Attorney's office about this and just like Vanek and his lawyer Monday morning, the U.S. Attorney William Hochul had no comment.

Video courtesy of KSTP sister station News10NBC

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