[KHTS] – A Valencia man turned himself in to the New York Police Department after fleeing charges in a multi-million dollar online gambling operation.
Andres Arriaga, 41, was able to escape arrest after an indictment on Oct. 28, 2015, in which 17 other people, including five Santa Clarita Valley residents, were accused of running an online gambling operation worth over $30 million.
Officers descended on the 17 suspect’s homes, including Arriaga’s residence in Valencia. However, Arriaga was not at the home when the raid occurred.
Most of the suspects were arrested within 24 hours of the incident.
Arriaga turned himself in to authorities in December, said Hernandez Ricardo, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officers from several police agencies worked together for the operation, including organized crime detectives with the New York and Los Angeles Police Departments.
Prosecution for the case is being handled out of Queens County, New York, where the operation was allegedly run from.
The supposed leader of the gambling ring, Cyrus Irani, was placed in custody in New York after waiving his right to an extradition hearing last month, according to LAPD officials.
All of the defendants in the case could face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted.