A Philadelphia man charged along with the reputed leaders of the city's mob family pleaded guilty Wednesday to conducting an illegal gambling business, prosecutors said.
In a hearing in federal court, Robert "Bootsie" Verrecchia, 43, admitted helping reputed underboss Joseph Massimino run a video poker bookmaking business at Lou's Crab Bar, a South Philadelphia tavern that prosecutors say Massimino controlled, the office of U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger announced.
Verrecchia was one of 15 defendants indicted two years ago. He won a bid for a separate trial. He faces up to a year in prison when U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno sentences him in June. - John P. Martin