Iowa agents hoped to change betting laws with college sports gambling probe, emails show

The Des Moines register

State investigators used a college athletes betting probe to advance their ambitions, attorneys for the players have alleged.

In a statement, lawyers Matt Boles and Van Plumb released excerpts from a series of internal Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation emails that revealed agents’ hopes that politicians would push for stricter sports betting laws in the wake of the investigation. However, another email excerpt showed that some agents worried that the investigation into betting among University of Iowa and Iowa State University athletes was illegal.

“The investigation seems to have been started to justify the formation of a new unit within the DCI,” Boles and Plumb said in the statement, alluding to the small sports betting team that division officials formed in 2021.

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