Feathered Bastard

Jon Kyl Praised AG for Prosecuting Doug Ducey's Uncle

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A U.S. Department of Justice press release from that same year announced the unsealing of indictments against Scott and Davis, then a WWTS employee, describing the pair as "fugitives."

They first were indicted in 1998 on Wire Act violations, the release stated, and then in 2005 on charges related to money laundering and conspiracy.

Soulbury Ltd. was "one of the `shell' corporations that Scott used to hide his personal profits" from WWTS, according to the statement.

Those personal profits included the $7 million that Scott forfeited when he returned to the U.S. in 2012 to plead guilty to two of the charges against him.

According to a court filing by Scott's attorney, Scott sold World Wide Tele-Sports in 2003 to an Australian company for $39 million.

Scott, who renounced his U.S. citizenship while abroad, is currently serving out the remainder of his probation in a $1.2 million home in Parkland, Florida, with his wife Susan Scott, a contributor to Ducey's 2010 campaign for state treasurer.

Court records indicate that he still owns property in the Caribbean, and plans to return there once his probation is over.

Interestingly, the Scotts live about 35 minutes away from Ducey's biological father Doug Roscoe, a former cop with the Toledo Police Department.

Roscoe served with TPD during a time when members of his wife's family (the Scotts) were being busted left and right for illegal gambling in Ohio, making the local paper in the process.

Roscoe's personnel file from his time with TPD shows that he was once in business with members of the Scott family implicated in organized crime.

But back to the 2006 hearing.

After mentioning the uncle of the man he would one day endorse for governor, Kyl praised legislation that had just passed the U.S. House, regulating how banks honored gambling debts from off-shore Internet gambling enterprises, "thus, to help put them out of business."

In September, that legislation, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, passed the Senate, and was later signed into law by President George W. Bush as part of the so-called SAFE Port Act.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons