March 5, 2003
Tallahassee, Fla. –
THREE CHARGED IN GAMBLING INVESTIGATION
After a three-month joint investigation into rumors and allegations of gambling in the FSU community, a law enforcement task force has completed its work, filing arrest warrants against three suspects.
Former Florida State University football player Adrian McPherson was charged with one misdemeanor count of gambling. Tallahassee resident Dereck Delach and an FSU football team student equipment manager, Jeffrey Inderhees, each were charged with one felony count of bookmaking.
Allegations that McPherson was involved in gambling soon surfaced after the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) arrested him for an unrelated incident.
At the direction of FSU Police Chief Carey Drayton, a task force that included the FSU Police Department, TPD, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted an extensive investigation.
“We let the investigation take us where the facts led,” Drayton said, “and these are the charges that have resulted. We do not expect any more students or student-athletes to be charged. The work of this task force is complete. The team did an excellent job of following up every story, rumor or accusation from any source provided to them.”
The task force is handing over its investigative findings to the state attorney, and prosecutors will follow up on the charges, Drayton said.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the investigation revealed that McPherson placed bets on collegiate and professional athletic events during the 2002 football season using the Internet. McPherson allegedly bet on all of the Florida State University football games for the season and always bet on FSU to win.
In a sworn voluntary tape-recorded statement, Inderhees said that he had placed bets along with McPherson and that they were betting on collegiate and professional basketball games. Several other sources told investigators that they, too, were present when McPherson placed bets and that Inderhees was often the contact with Delach, who then placed the bets using the Internet.
Sources told investigators that McPherson was betting in large amounts of money and that he owed Delach thousands of dollars.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Delach had eight or nine regular customers and kept track of them on computer paper. A search warrant was executed on Dec. 11, 2002, and several items were seized, including Delach’s laptop computer, which was sent to FDLE for analysis. That analysis revealed basketball spread sheets and names of people that would be consistent with a gambling operation. At one point, Delach allegedly burned bookmaking records in a garbage can in his backyard.
McPherson was dismissed from the football team in November and left Florida State following the fall semester.
Statement from Director of Athletics Dave Hart
“The fact that Adrian McPherson, a former student-athlete at Florida State, and a student manager have been charged with gambling is very sad,” said FSU Director of Athletics Dave Hart.
The team that investigated these allegations included three different branches of law enforcement and they did an extremely thorough job. The investigation confirmed that no other student-athletes were involved.
Despite the prioritization, effort and resources we have put into educating our student-athletes and general student body about the dangers and ramifications of gambling, we fully understand that no university is immune to this problem. It’s very real and it can happen anywhere.
We will continue our campus-wide ongoing effort to educate students about gambling. It is disappointing, but true, that sometimes it takes something like this to truly heighten attention and awareness among the student population.”