Gregory Silveira, a 56-year-old former sports handicapper, pleaded guilty to three counts of money laundering last week that involved a $2.75 million transfer from an “unnamed client” between February 2010-February 2013.
Outside the Lines’ report claims that two sources told them Mickelson was the unnamed client.
Silviera’s court documents note that he was apart of “an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events.” The $2.75 million in funds were listed as “proceeds”—a term often tied to money laundering.
Mickelson has not been charged with a crime and is not under federal investigation. His name is not mentioned in any court documents.
However, Silveira’s plea agreement does make a reference to “money laundering of funds from P.M.”
This is not the first time that Mickelson has been linked to illegal business practices. Last June it was reported that Mickelson was under FBI investigation for a possible insider trading scheme.
FOX Sports notes that it’s likely Mickelson didn’t commit a crime, even if he gambled.
California, where Silveira pleaded guilty, only prosecutes the recipient of the illegal wages, not the placer of the wages.
The fact that he didn’t commit a crime may be the reason his name was left out of court documents.
Unless Mickelson was accepting illegal bets, or profiting from the illegal gambling operation, rather than just collecting wages from Silviera or one of his clients, it’s unlikely that he will be charged with a crime.