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C. R. woman pleads guilty in gambling case

Dorothy de Souza Guedes

The Gazette

October 24, 2006

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  CEDAR RAPIDS — Paula K. Kelley, 37, of Cedar Rapids, pleaded guilty Monday to aiding and abetting an illegal gambling business, admitting that she rented space and put phone service in her name for a sports betting and parlay card bookmaking group.

  Kelley cried and wiped her eyes with a tissue throughout most of the 20-minute plea hearing in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. The plea agreement Kelley signed in May is sealed, but at the hearing, her attorney said she rented the space and provided the phone while knowing what was going on there.

  Assistant U. S. Attorney Sean Berry and Kelley’s privately retained attorney, Michael Mollman of Cedar Rapids, said they could not discuss whether Kelley was involved with a large gambling operation in which seven men have been sentenced. However, in court documents pertaining to that case, a Paula Kelley is listed as having the telephone number used by Curtis Contracting Corp. in a March 21, 2002, wiretap on the gambling operation.

  Kelley will be on release pending sentencing, which will be set after a pre-sentence investigation report is prepared.