Bryan Zuriff will serve 6 months home confinement and 2 years probation for his role in an illegal gambling group — but escaping the jail time the government recommended. Judge Jesse Furman today sentenced the former executive producer of Showtime’s Ray Donovan in federal court in NYC. Zuriff also must perform 300 hours of community service. Earlier this year, he was among 34 people charged with running gambling operations that allegedly have laundered more than $100 million. An FBI investigation saw charges against Zuriff and others unsealed in late April by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney. “Mr. Zuriff accepts full responsibility and has paid his fine for online gambling. We are grateful that the sentence demonstrates the judge’s recognition that Mr Zuriff was never involved in organized crime. He is excited to get back to his family and to continue his work as a producer,” one of the producer’s attorneys Charles Clayman told me after the hearing today.
As a result of the FBI investigation and the charges this year, the producer stepped down on July 29 from his EP gig on the Showtime drama about a Hollywood fixer. He pled guilty to the charges July 25 in a deal with the feds that included Zuriff forfeiting $500,000 and agreeing to terms that included potential jail time of up to a year. Earlier this month, lawyers and famous pals of Zuriff’s like Ray Donovan star Jon Voight and directors Judd Apatow and Perter Berg asked for lenience. However, in their sentencing submission on November 18, the feds recommended the producer be given the full jail time of 6-12 months “to deter both the defendant and the public at large.” Zuriff currently serves as a consultant on Ray Donovan, which was renewed for a second season July 16.