ESPN's Mike Fish and David Purdum reported that Phil Mickelson allegedly transferred nearly $3 million to an illegal gambling operation whose principal figure has pleaded guilty to money laundering charges.
Gregory Silveira of La Quinta faces up to 60 years in prison for his actions though he is expected to face much less time.
Although the final plea agreement reached between Silveira and the U.S. Department of Justice does not name the "gambling client," an initial plea agreement signed last month by Silveira and his attorney, James D. Henderson Sr., contained a reference to the "money laundering of funds from P.M." After Outside the Lines inquired about Mickelson's potential role in the case, the U.S. Attorney's Office on June 17 filed a motion to have the original plea agreement stricken. The next day, it filed an amended version minus any reference to "P.M."
ESPN's Lester Munson says with the information available, he sees no charges coming against Mickelson.