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Briana Rios, Fla. Teenager, Allegedly Ran a 'Pretty Big' Bookie Operation

HuffPost Crime  |  By Posted: 03/17/2012 10:30 am Updated: 03/17/2012 4:43 pm

Brianna Rios
Briana Rios

The way authorities describe it, Briana Rios crashed through the glass ceiling in the traditionally male-dominated world of illegal bookmaking, but not exactly as a feminist icon.

The 19-year-old South Florida resident, who attended Miami Senior High School, is accused of heading an illegal gambling operation, taking bets on NFL and NBA games from a Trasfer Xpress store in Hollywood, according to NBCMiami.

“It looks like there were a lot of customers going in here. You even had allegedly had computers inside to help you place the bets,” Judge John Hurley told the TV station.

“This doesn't look like a small, penny ante operation. Seems like a pretty big operation."

At a bail hearing, assistant Public Defender Terry Conover claimed that Rios may have been a clerk in the operation, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The judge, however, disagreed, based on computers and other evidence seized in the arrest, the paper reported. The bookmaking allegedly occurred between October and December 2011.

Jose Solis, who described himself as Rios' ex-boyfriend, told NBC that she was bringing in $10,000 a day or more.

A bond for her release was set at $20,000, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

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