|Federal prosecutors in America have named more than 62 people in an indictment covering a wide range of criminal charges including the operation of illegal sportsbetting websites.|
The indictment by Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn lists over 80 charges against senior members of one of America’s most storied organised crime families, the Gambinos, and followed operations by police on both sides of the Atlantic.
Charges also include seven murders and widespread extortion conspiracies within New York City's construction industry and follow the arrests of senior Gambino figures in Palermo, Italy, only days earlier after a recent rekindling of relationships between Sicilian and American members of the family.
Those charged include acting boss John ‘Jackie Nose’ D'Amico and underboss Domenico ‘Italian Dom’ Cefalu alongside Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Corozzo, Nicholas ‘Little Nick’ Corozzo, Vincent Gotti and Richard Gotti Jr. The indictment also includes three Gambino captains, three acting captains, 16 soldiers, numerous associates and a handful of Bonanno and Genovese crime family members.
Prosecutors charged 26 others with running an illegal gambling ring using four unidentified websites based in Costa Rica that took nearly ten million dollars in bets on professional and university sports over two years.
Officials claim these were being used in conjunction with toll free phone numbers and illegal wire rooms to allow prohibited gambling activity.
Richard Brown, the District Attorney for Queens, stated that the Gambinos' sportsbook operation substituted the traditional wire room and street corner bookie pencilling in wagers in a little black book with offshore-based Internet websites and toll-free numbers through which they were able to manage numerous gambling accounts.
'I can't think of a larger single-day roundup of substantial mafia figures,” said a law enforcement source quoted in the New York Post newspaper.
“I just can't think of a day that had this many arrests.”