Report: Mickelson tied to illegal gambling case

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Updated June 30, 9:17 a.m.

Phil Mickelson wired nearly $3 million to an intermediary who was part of "an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events," according to a report from ESPN's Outside the Lines.

The report states that Mickelson has not been charged with a crime and is not under investigation, but that $2.75 million worth of his money was transferred to an individual, Greg Silveira, who has since pleaded guilty to three counts of money laundering involving "funds from an unnamed gambling client of his between February 2010 and February 2013."

The report, citing sources, alleges that client to be Mickelson, although he was not named in court documents. The closest Silveira allegedly came to naming Mickelson, according to OTL, was in his initial plea agreement, which included "money laundering of funds from P.M."



Mickelson told Golf Channel that this is the first he’d heard of the situation, but referred all other comments to attorney Glenn Cohen. Golf Channel contacted Cohen and he declined to comment. The PGA Tour also declined to comment when contacted by Golf Channel.

When asked by OTL, Silveria's attorney, James D. Henderson, said he "didn't know anything about 'P.M.'" The original plea has since been stricken and replaced with an amended version that contains no such reference.

ESPN's legal analyst Lester Munson explains that the likely reason Mickelson hasn't been charged is that "federal gambling laws are directed at gambling enterprises and not at individual bettors."

Mickelson was previously under federal investigation for his potential role in an insider trading case involving businessman Carl Ichan and well-known gambler William T. Walters. The FBI and SEC, per the New York Times, cleared Mickelson last June of any wrongdoing related to the trade of Clorox stock, although he was still at the time under invesitgation for separate trades involving Dean Foods.