A big-shot Manhattan-based bettor who went on a $1 million hot streak this winter might be out of luck after he was accused of threatening to “behead” professional and college athletes.
Benjamin “Parlay” Patz was charged with “transmitting threats in interstate or foreign commerce,” according to a Wednesday court filing from the United States Attorney’s Office.
He is facing a maximum of five years in federal prison, if convicted.
An MLB game on July 20, 2019 between the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox was just one instance in which the 23-year-old made vile threats to athletes and their families.
Four members of the losing Rays and one from the White Sox received direct Instagram messages from an anonymous account, which eventually was traced back to Patz’s email.
The players were not identified, but one message read, “Your family’s necks will be severed open with a dull knife!”
In a separate incident, Patz allegedly wrote in all caps to a Toronto Blue Jays player, “I will behead you n—-r.”
A Pepperdine University basketball player was also among those allegedly receiving a threat from Patz, who holds a California driver’s license.
Members of the Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and New England Patriots also were the targets of similar messages.
Patz was heralded in the sports betting community after he went on a parlay tear and won $1,136,434 from Nov. 1 to Dec. 8, according to USA Online Sports Books. A parlay is a sports wager based on two or more teams winning.
An article from the Action Network said Patz would travel from New York to New Jersey to bet on his phone, from the parking lot of a supermarket. Mobile sports betting is not legal in New York.
According to court documents, an online search revealed a “Ben Patz” was listed as the cofounder and chairman of Lakeworth Holdings LLC in New York City, however the company’s website currently is down.
Patz reportedly attended Columbia Business School and the American University in Paris.