NYPD arrests 17 for running $23m illegal gambling ring linked to Gambino crime family

NYPD arrests 17 for running $23m illegal gambling ring linked to Gambino crime family

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has arrested 17 individuals suspected of playing roles in an illegal gambling ring.

The ring handled more than $22.7m in illegal bets, the operations involved an offshore unlicensed gaming site Ubet1288.com.

Prosecutors believe the ring was controlled by members of the Gambino crime family. Founded in the 1900s, the Gambinos are one of the oldest crime families in the United States. They are one of New York's 'Five Families' that have been dominating organized crime activities in New York City for decades.

At least three suspects, namely John J. LaForte, Anthony J. Cinque, Jr., and John Matera, are known as Gambino foot soldiers. For instance, John LaForte acted as a supervisor over the illegal betting operations.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said: "Illegal gambling and loan sharking schemes are some of the oldest rackets in the mob’s playbook. While organised crime may still be active in New York, today we are putting several Gambino family members out of business.

"These criminal enterprises took tens of millions of dollars from New Yorkers and trapped many in dangerous amounts of debt."

Prosecutors say that the owners and managers of the betting ring offered gamblers in debt usurious loans.

The arrested individuals have been charged with Enterprise Corruption, Criminal Usury in the First Degree and Second Degree and Promoting Gambling in the First Degree.

If they are found guilty of Enterprise Corruption, they may face a maximum of 25 years in prison.

AuthorAndrey ChegodaevSourceNext.io