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Iowa: former Olathe North star Arland Bruce IV indicted in athletics betting scandal

A shocking story of falsified records and illegal sports betting has implicated former Olathe North soccer star Arland Bruce IV. Prosecutors in Johnson County, Iowa, accuse him of illegally placing 132 bets totaling more than $4,342. Those wagers included 11 games in which he himself played for the Hawkeyes.

Bruce, who was honored with the 2019 Simone Award as Kansas City’s top high school soccer player, transferred to Ankeny, Iowa, due to COVID-19 restrictions in Johnson County, Kansas. It is noted that he knowingly and willfully tampered with sports and betting records by “concealing his identity” while illegally placing bets.

The scandal has caused shock and bewilderment in the sports world: such actions are a serious violation of ethical and legal principles. Bruce, who was previously recognized as a talented athlete, has now become the figure of a scandalous story that can cause tangible damage to his reputation. 

Details of the illegal betting scandal

Bruce, not yet of legal age, allegedly used a proxy account in the name of Vincent Bruce, an adult, to place bets through the DraftKings app on his iPhone. The scandal unfolded in Iowa, where the age of participation in gambling is 21. 

The charges would have been more serious if the athlete had been caught on illegal casino and betting sites. The fact is that many of them advertise their bonuses in the form of free spins for registration on third-party sites like Many customers start playing, enraptured by the bonuses, and pay little attention to the 

Investigators also found that some bets were placed from Bruce’s dorm room and from areas of the university normally inaccessible to the public, such as soccer team stadiums. 

Court documents allege he placed bets on Iowa State games against Iowa State, Penn State, Purdue, Nebraska, and Michigan during the 2021 regular season, as well as the 2022 Citrus Bowl game against Kentucky on the first day of the New Year to end his freshman season.

According to reports, he allegedly placed extra bets on games involving the Hawkeyes, including games against South Dakota State, Rutgers, Michigan, and Nebraska. He also bet on the “under” in a game against Northwestern during the 2022 season.

The results of those games are of particular interest: the Hawkeyes went 2-2 in those games, and the over was achieved in the game against Northwestern. 

Bruce left Olathe and was eventually suspended for the 2020 season in Ankeny. He later moved from Iowa to Oklahoma State. 

An Oklahoma State Cowboys team spokesperson stated that “we are aware and continue to gather information. But are not ready to comment at this time.” 

Bruce has made significant strides in his career with the Hawkeyes, gaining 512 yards per scrimmage and scoring six touchdowns in 44 games during the 2021-2022 season.

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