Live betting services supposedly are a thing of the past for Tim Donaghy, but according to a website, Donaghy is still helping other gamblers.
The ex-NBA referee has been doing game analysis and spread analysis for the website sportsconnectionwins.com, run by sports handicapper in known as “Danny B,” in Allentown who uses the information to sell his ‘tout’ service.
“Meet the man who generated millions of dollars betting on basketball, as seen on 60 Minutes and documented by the NBA and FBI,” Danny B.’s website, says of Donaghy.
The story of Donaghy started with a gambling debt and being an NBA referee, an inside scoop on the live betting service games he was refereeing. He pleaded guilty for his part in 2007 and was sentenced to 15 months in Federal prison.
“It’s basically a consulting firm,” said Donaghy, 45, who’s still on probation for gambling on basketball games and providing picks to two co-defendants while he was an active referee.
Donaghy’s current employer is known in the gambling industry and apparently to Donaghy’s probation officer as Danny Berrelli. But his real name is Daniel T. Biancullo, from North Jersey with a 2004 federal conviction stemming from his role in a Florida sports-gambling operation that had former Flyers star Jeremy Roenick among its pay per head betting clients.
Donaghy, is prohibited from associating with felons since he is still on probation, said he wasn’t aware of Biancullo’s conviction until informed by the Daily News.
“As long as it wasn’t molesting kids,” Donaghy said. “I’m nobody to judge anyone.”
Donaghy’s probation officer in Sarasota, Fla., Steve Beasely, Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the Middle District of Florida, said Monday, “we are investigating the true identity of Danny Berrelli. “We were not aware that Danny Berrelli had any other name.”
This is not the only windfall for the disgraced former referee. Donaghy was awarded more than $1.5 million in June in a civil suit against the first publisher of his tell-all book, “Personal Foul.”
Shawna Vercher, the publisher, and her now-defunct company, VTi Group, were found responsible for five civil charges, including breach of contract, civil theft, and inflicting emotional distress.