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Vegas sports book director arrested

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The Nevada Gaming Control Board confirmed Cantor Gaming sports book manager Michael Colbert has been arrested as a fugitive.

The arrest was made in connection to a warrant out of Queens, NY where Colbert faces accusations of illegal bookmaking.

Colbert manages the M Resort's race and sports book. He was booked into Clark County Detention Center Wednesday following his arrest at 6 a.m. Seven other Las Vegas area residents were also taken into custody, according to Jerry Markling, chief of enforcement at the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

A Cantor Gaming spokesman would not comment on the record about the investigation or Colbert's alleged involvement.

Each of the eight suspects faces multiple charges in New York City, including enterprise corruption, money laundering and conspiracy.

A phone call to the District Attorney in Queens was not immediately returned, but a news conference is scheduled for Thursday morning.

Jeff Voyles, a Las Vegas gaming expert with Globalysis said illegal bookmaking arrests are not uncommon, but a high-profile arrest like this one is out of the ordinary.

"If there's any conviction whatsoever, [Colbert] probably will not see a gaming position again," Voyles said. "That's also taken very seriously, especially in regards to how close it was to what he does on a daily basis."

Stay with FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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