Former Sabres defenseman Nathan Paetsch pleaded guilty Monday to two charges levied in the Rochester gambling sting that featured Thomas Vanek, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Paetsch reportedly can be sentenced to nine months of home detention and a $265,000 fine.
Paetsch pleaded guilty to transmission of wagering information and structuring a bank transaction to evade reporting requirements, according to the report. Paetsch, who played parts of five seasons in Buffalo during the mid- to late 2000s, was accused of recruiting hockey players and others to place bets. The operation was headquartered in a restaurant located in the Rochester suburb of Charlotte.
Paetsch played in Rochester from 2003 to 2006 and makes his offseason home in the suburb of Spencerport. The 32-year-old played for Detroit’s minor-league team this season.