The former Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire, is being sued for participating in an illegal gambling ring with several other A-list actors. The actors and many members of the L.A. elite allegedly would play poker in secret rooms with armed bodyguards and even a password would be required.

Maguire is being singled out from his Hollywood gang because his winnings have totaled up to $300,000. But where the money came from is the problem. His money came at the expense of hedge fund manager Brad Ruderman, who embezzled the money from his investors. The loss of that money led the FBI to Maguire. Allegedly, Ruderman stole the money in order to pay the $100,000 buy-in and started a Ponzi scheme in order to pay his debts. Ruderman is currently in jail in Texas until 2018.

Though Maguire is not being investigated for criminal actions, should he be found guilty in the civil suit, he will have to pay back his dirty money. The other players, including the actors, are not being investigated because they did not win as much or at all.

Best known for his work in the Spider-Man trilogy, Maguire is also a Golden Globe nominee for the war drama Brothers. He will next be seen as Nick Carraway in the Baz Luhrmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby, also featuring his poker partner Leonardo DiCaprio as the title character.

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  • Sydney Ramsden
    Sydney Ramsden on

    Interesting….I guess this is how the rich and famous spend their free time.

  • Victoria
    Victoria on

    So gambling is only illegal in certain places when you win? So if I were to "illegally" gamble and lose, could I get away with it? Or perhaps this is favorable selective treatment for the rich and famous. What a bunch of baloney.

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