Long Beach Man Arrested for Allegedly Participating in Regional Gambling Ring

A total of 14 men, including one Long Beach man, were arrested today for allegedly participating in a gambling ring.

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Hyun "David" Chang of Long Beach, 37, was one of the 14 arrested for the scheme, while three remain at large. Chang is thought to be one of the money collectors in the ring.

The ringleader of the group, Cyrus Irani, 37, was one of 17 people indicted by a grand jury in New York for 'unlawfully operating a highly sophisticated sports gambling enterprise that stretched westward from Queens County and utilized offshore-based gambling websites,'" according to the FBI.

"The enterprise, which is alleged to have annually booked more than $32 million in bets, is also accused of laundering its criminal proceeds by depositing and withdrawing large sums of cash from various banks throughout the United States," the FBI stated.

Allegedly, more than 2,000 "active betters" used the offshore website www.365action.com to allow betting on professional and college basketball, football, hockey and baseball, using an 800 number as a point of contact.

The FBI states that detectives seized over $3 million from accounts that Irani controlled.

The full list of those arrested is as follows:

  • Clark W. Bruner of Downey, 56, who is alleged to have been Irani's second-in-command, known as a "primary agent." Bruner allegedly administrated the accounts, managed various "agents," and collected winnings from the agents.
  • Bruner's sons, Chris Bruner of Downey, 31, and Clark "CJ" Bruner of Menifee in Riverside County, 33, both of whom are alleged to have been agents.
  • Saul Salami of Santa Clarita, 45, alleged to have been an agent.
  • Cassondra Smith-Luttman of San Diego, 32, alleged to have been an agent.
  • Julio Alvarenga of Santa Clarita, 40, alleged to have been an agent.
  • Jeffrey Metelitz of Valencia, 54, alleged to have been an agent.
  • Hyun "David" Chang of Long Beach, 37, alleged to have been a money collector.
  • Thomas Cortese of Santa Barbara, 49.

A man from Las Vegas and three men from New York were also arrested today.

Andres Arriaga of Valencia, 41, allegedly an agent in the operation and Richard Vanderwyk of Seal Beach, 41, another alleged money collector and a Las Vegas woman remain at large.

City News Service contributed to this story.



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