New England Patriots Wide Receiver Arrested for Illegal Online Gaming
New England Patriots wide receiver, Kayshon Boutte, has recently been arrested for his alleged involvement in illegal online gaming. The accusations date back to his time at Louisiana State University when he was underage.
According to reports, Boutte created an online betting account under the fake name Kayla Fortenberry. He used his mother’s credit card to place over 8,900 illegal bets, with 17 of them being on NCAA football games and six being on LSU football. Shockingly, it has been revealed that Boutte even bet on himself in one game, where he wagered that he would score at least one touchdown and have over 82.5 receiving yards. Despite losing that bet, he managed to win over $500,000 in total from all his wagers.
Boutte, who is now 21 years old, has been signed to the Patriots’ roster as a wide receiver. However, his future with the team is in question after these serious allegations.
As a result of his actions, Boutte is facing a felony charge of computer fraud, as well as a misdemeanor charge. He was arrested on January 25 and was released after posting a $6,000 bond. If convicted, he could face a fine of up to $10,000 for computer fraud and potentially spend up to five years in prison. Additionally, illegal gambling could lead to an additional fine of up to $1,000 and an extra six months in jail.
The investigation into Boutte’s activities began after FanDuel Sportsbook informed Louisiana State Police about a prohibited person, possibly a collegiate athlete, making several sports wagers. It was discovered that Boutte deposited $132,147.53 and won $556,267.58 in total. However, he has already withdrawn $50,282.36 from that account, leaving him with little to show for his ill-gotten gains.
During his time at LSU, Boutte was a successful wide receiver, participating in 27 games and starting in 21 of them. LSU issued a statement expressing their cooperation with authorities and emphasizing that they had no evidence of any other student-athletes being involved in similar activities.
The Patriots have not commented extensively on the situation, but they have stated that they believe Boutte is cooperating with the investigation. It remains to be seen how this will impact his career and legal standing as the case progresses.