Seven staff of a nursing residence for aged folks had been arrested by the FBI this morning in Charlottesville, Virginia, for forcing the elders beneath their care to struggle one another.
In keeping with investigators, the 124 residents of the Retirement Village had been pressured to struggle one another as a way to acquire basic items comparable to meals and medical therapies.
The fights had been filmed and relayed on-line on a specialised web site, the place they usually attracted a number of thousand viewers and astounding quantities of cash in bets.
FBI spokesman, Invoice Donovan, says the most well-liked fights had been those wherein contenders had been “armed” with canes or walkers.
“The older and extra handicapped the fighters had been, the bigger was the group the struggle attracted. Some had been so weak they used mobility scooters to try to roll on one another.”
Officer Donovan says the workers used a number of totally different strategies to drive the residents to struggle, both by via rewards or punishment.
“The nursing residence’s workers pressured the elders to beat one another up very badly, providing ridiculous rewards comparable to Jell-O or further mashed potatoes. Some residents who refused to struggle had their dentures or glasses confiscated till they complied.”
In keeping with the FBI, the organizers of this unlawful fight ring might have pocketed over $125 million over the three years it was in operation, largely from on-line bets.
The FBI confirmed it has seized a lot of computer hardware in the Retirement Village as well as several other pieces of evidence like video cameras blood-covered walkers.
The two owners of the retirement home and five other employees were arrested for the role they played in the organization.
The five employees each face numerous criminal charges and could face sentences going from 45 to 85 years in jail if found guilty on all charges.
The owners of the retirement home, Terence and Michelle Aniston, respectively face 37 and 31 accusations and could face over 300 years in prison.
Their trial is expected to begin at the end of June and should draw a lot of media attention.