|Police raids on New York betting parlors resulted nine arrests, charging of taking millions of dollars in illegal wagers on Sunday's NFL Super Bowl, a scheme one official called 'the cash cow' of organized crime. |
Such raids have become an annual event: every year for the last 12 years, prosecutors in Brooklyn have raided illegal bookmakers premises in the weeks leading up the Superbowl to make arrests for illegal gambling that totals $4 billion in the US.
At a press conference last Sunday, Brooklyn prosecutor Charles Hynes urged professional sports organizations to 'more aggressively' support efforts to stamp out the betting businesses run by Italian and Chinese mobsters.
'This money that mob families make on Super Bowl Sunday will go toward funding their other illegal activities including drug trafficking, loan sharking and prostitution,' Hynes said.
'It is the cash cow of organized crime,' said Hynes, who also vented his ire at betting on ice hockey, basketball and baseball.
Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest betting day of the year, every year, officials said.
Police raided one illegal betting parlour in the New York borough of Queens run by an Asian group that took over $300,000 of bets on one night last week. The raids there and at six other locations recovered millions of dollars worth of illegal betting receipts, officials said.
Illegal gambling generates as much as $15 billion a year in New York and $100 billion in the US overall, according to law enforcement estimates. Of that amount, $75 billion is bet illegally on NFL games every year.