Gambling Attorney Indicted in Bribery of FW Cop

Cop allegedly tipped off lawyer about secret raids

By Scott Gordon
|  Friday, Apr 29, 2011  |  Updated 6:21 PM CDT
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Bribery Indictment for Gambling Attorney

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An Austin attorney was indicted on Friday and accused of bribing a former Fort Worth police officer for inside information about one of the largest gambling raids in Texas history.

The attorney, Stephen Fenoglio, was tipped off about secret law enforcement plans in May 2008 to raid game rooms owned by his client, a company called Aces Wired, according to the indictment.

Fenoglio then caused some gambling devices known as 8-liners to be moved before the raids, prosecutors said.

Fenoglio's attorney, Mark Daniel of Fort Worth, described him as "a fine person, a fine lawyer."

"When all is said and done, this will be nothing more than a misguided missile," Daniel said of the indictment.

Ed Adcock, a longtime Fort Worth vice officer, was indicted on bribery charges in September 2009. He pleaded not guilty.

The case has not yet gone to trial.

Adcock retired in early 2008 but continued working as a reserve officer in the vice unit until May 2008, the month of the raids, Fort Worth police said.

The raids were part of the largest gambling investigation in state history, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has said.

Four Aces Wired executives pleaded guilty to various charges in August 2009 and agreed to surrender nearly $1 million in gambling proceeds. As part of a plea agreement, they agreed to cooperate in the ongoing investigation.

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