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Retired professional hockey player fails to declare almost US$20,000

ARTESIA DAVIS
Guardian Senior Reporter
artesia@nasguard.com

Published: Dec 28, 2011

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A retired Canadian professional ice hockey player had almost $US20,000 forfeited to the Crown after he pleaded guilty to failing to declare the cash.

Richard Tocchet, 47, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Los Angeles Kings, the Boston Bruins, the Washington Capitals and the Phoenix Coyotes, was arrested at the Lynden Pindling International Airport on December 23 after he told a U.S. Customs border officer that he was not traveling with more than $10,000.

Tocchet was searched and found to have $18,752.  He pleaded guilty to charges of making a false declaration and failing to declare when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez.

Gomez let Tocchet off with a warning and ordered the cash seized.  Attorney Jomo Campbell represented Tocchet.

In 2006, New Jersey prosecutors charged Tocchet with promoting gambling, money laundering and conspiracy after they accused him of financing a nationwide sports gambling ring based in New Jersey, in which several current NHL players wagered.

On May 25, 2007, Tocchet pleaded guilty to conspiracy and promoting gambling.  On August 17 of that year, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram announced that Tocchet was sentenced to two years probation in exchange for his plea.

 

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