|Four Rhode Island men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in California for allegedly operating an Internet casino gambling operation that grossed more than $7 million. |
The indictment, filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, names as defendants Joseph Tedeschi Jr., Peter Tedeschi, Rocco Deluca, and Rocco Deluca II. They're charged with running the business out of Gold Chip Technologies, in North Providence, from January 1997 to December 2000.
The business was raided by federal, state and local authorities in September 2001, according to WPRI-TV, which first reported on the grand jury's action.
Joseph Tedeschi was charged with 12 counts of running an illegal gambling operation, racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy. The others face three counts of illegal gambling and money laundering.
A secretary for the defendants' attorney, John Williams, said Williams was unavailable for comment and would not return to his San Jose, Calif., office until Tuesday.
The group incorporated a company in the Dominican Republic called Tecnologia JPR that purchased software and computer services from Handa Lopez Inc., of Sunnyvale, Calif., to run the online gambling enterprise, according to the indictment.
The business offered Las Vegas-style gambling, the grand jury claims. It included slots, blackjack, poker, Baccarat, sports betting and other activities. A player could choose to hold winnings in an account for future playing or request payment by check. The company used a server in Rhode Island to process the credit card transactions, the indictment states.