A state liquor inspector pleaded guilty to his role in a sports betting ring run out of a McDowell County pharmacy.

Jimmy Kamel Hazemey of Welch admitted in U.S. District Court in Charleston that he failed to report more than $64,000 in income from sports betting in 2004.

According to the charges, the 67-year-old Hazemey reported earning just over $17,000 that year.

Hazemey is a longtime friend of Saeed Kamil Deeb, owner of Citizen’s Drug Store in Welch. In April, Deeb pleaded guilty to conducting illegal business transactions to mask the gambling operation he was running out of the pharmacy.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston scheduled Hazemey’s sentencing for Oct. 20. Deeb’s sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 4.

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