|Ten people including a corrections officer were charged in New Jersey on Tuesday for participating in an illegal sports gambling operation that police said took in about $30,000 in bets a week.|
Passaic County corrections officer Marcello Errigo, 32, of Totowa, was accused of placing bets and charged with official misconduct. The charge against Errigo is the most serious because as a law enforcement officer, he had a duty to report any knowledge of wrongdoing, according to the Prosecutor's Office.
During the arrests, police seized a total of $88,793 from the alleged participants, along with computers, records and other documents. Rubbinaccio and other officials could not immediately say what teams were bet on, but the prosecutor said wagers were placed on a variety of sports, mainly baseball.
Eight of the arrestees were charged with promoting gambling and conspiracy to promote gambling. The charges could mean up to five years in prison – ten in the case of Errigo.