A Corpus Christi man has pleaded guilty to running an illegal gambling business and conspiring to steal military equipment, according to the US Department of Justice.
Nathan Nichols, 46, told officials he operated an illegal gambling business in Corpus Christi from March 2018 to August 2019 and conspired with others to steal sensitive government property from the facility. U.S. Army at Ft. Hood in June 2021.
Nichols co-owned Theo’s Bar and Lady Luck, both of which housed illegal gambling devices like lottery games played on computers and monitors rather than casino-style equipment, according to a press release.
He admitted to having been in contact with someone who had stolen military equipment and asked for photos of the property before agreeing to buy it. After getting the items, he put them up for sale on eBay.
In July 2021, authorities obtained a warrant to search Nichols’ home, where they found laser rangefinders, thermal goggles, night vision goggles, night vision goggles and laser sighting devices.
The property was valued at approximately $2.2 million.
As part of his plea, Nichols will lose approximately $2.2 million from the proceeds of his illegal activity, the statement said. He will be sentenced on June 21 by US District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos.
Nichols, who will remain in custody pending that hearing, faces up to five years in prison for each conviction.
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