Wild's Vanek reportedly implicated in money laundering scheme

Marilyn Indahl / USA TODAY Sports

Thomas Vanek may soon find himself in hot water.

Tied to a federal gambling investigation back in the summer, the Minnesota Wild forward is now believed to be involved in a related money laundering scheme, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

On Thursday, Mark Ruff - a New York-based bookmaker - pleaded guilty in federal court to illegal gambling and money laundering charges, while admitting that he helped manage a gambling operation in Rochester.

As part of the plea, Ruff's attorney - Joe Wolford - alleged his client's $230,000 gambling debt was covered by a paycheck signed by the New York Islanders.

The payment was made at the same time Vanek played for the Islanders.

Wolford did not confirm Vanek's involvement, but he did say he was surprised that Vanek's agent maintains his client was never involved in any wrongdoing.

Vanek previously played for the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres, and testified before a grand jury in July after being linked to Ruff's gambling operation.

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