October 28, 2000 |
Did you bet a few bucks on the World Series? Or on tomorrow's Eagles-Giants game? Even a winning bet might leave you a loser, because police yesterday said they had arrested six people and smashed a large illegal sports-betting operation in Northeast Philadelphia. "They were manning the phones, and people from all over were calling in their bets on all types of sports," said Sgt. Joe Lanciano, a commander in the Citywide Vice Enforcement Unit. Acting on a tip, cops said they executed a search warrant on an apartment on Philmont Avenue near Bustleton in Somerton Thursday night and found the suspects taking bets by phone.
January 30, 1993 |
Bucks County authorities yesterday announced the arrests of 11 people in connection with two illegal sports betting rings, one of which, police said, grossed more than $3.5 million a year. The arrests came on the eve of Super Bowl weekend - which was no coincidence, said Detective Daniel Barinowski of Middletown Township police. Middletown, Bensalem and Philadelphia police were involved in the year-long investigation. Police say that the ringleader of the biggest operation was Edward DiRugeris, 60, of Byberry Road, Northeast Philadelphia.
January 7, 2009 |
Reputed South Philadelphia mob figure Anthony Nicodemo pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge yesterday, admitting his role in a multimillion-dollar illegal sports betting ring run out of the poker room of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Nicodemo, 36, faces up to three years in prison under a plea agreement worked out with state authorities. He is to be sentenced April 9. The stocky South Philadelphian said little during a hearing before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Donio.
March 12, 2003 |
An Atlantic County-based bookmaker with past ties to the Philadelphia mob was charged with nine others yesterday in a sports-betting and money-laundering operation that authorities said stretched from Atlantic City to Las Vegas. Anthony "Smokey" Cirillo Jr., 37, of Hammonton, a former top associate of mobster-turned-federal-informant Ronald Previte, was charged with conspiracy, promoting gambling and money laundering, according to a four-count indictment announced by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office.
January 8, 1998 |
A 13-month undercover investigation into a multimillion-dollar illegal sports betting operation in Northeast Philadelphia peaked yesterday with the roundup of 11 suspects, city police said last night. John Graff, 38, of Somerton, described as the kingpin of the ring, operates Originals Pizzeria Restaurant in the 9400 block of State Road, said Deputy Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson, head of the police Special Operations branch. Johnson said the probe began in December 1996, and initially involved investigators from the Citywide Vice Enforcement Unit and the Special Investigations Unit of the District Attorney's Office.
November 6, 1987 |
Two city firefighters were among four people arrested yesterday and charged with running an illegal sports betting operation. Charged with conspiracy to commit illegal bookmaking were Curtis Somers, 30, of Ventnor, an acting fire captain and seven-year veteran of the department; Donald Innis, 53, of Atlantic City, a firefighter for 21 years; Madelyn Zenga, 29, of the same address as Somers, and John Fitzpatrick, 40, of Ocean City. Atlantic County Prosecutor Jeffrey Blitz said the arrests resulted from a two-month undercover investigation by his office and the New Jersey State Police.
February 2, 2000 |
Kevin Pendergast, 28, who spent two months in prison for his role in fixing three Big Ten basketball games in 1995, lent his story and his support to a bill introduced yesterday that would ban betting on college sports. The point-shaving scheme that landed Pendergast in a federal prison began with illegal bribes to Northwestern basketball players and ended with his cohort doing something legal - walking into a Las Vegas casino and placing bets on the fixed games. "Without Nevada, without the option of betting money in Nevada, the Northwestern basketball point-shaving scandal would not have occurred," Pendergast said.
March 7, 1990 |
His war record as a Marine helicopter gunner in Vietnam and years of service as a Philadelphia police officer kept a cop-turned-bookmaker from drawing a prison term yesterday for fraud and tax offenses. Senior U.S. District Judge John B. Hannum placed Joseph Logue on five years' probation while suspending a 15-year prison term after noting that Logue received four Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross during a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam, and 10 commendations during 14 years as a police officer.
September 23, 1988 |
A former Philadelphia police officer pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to fraud and tax charges. Joseph Logue, 39, who is reputed to have been part of an illegal sports- betting operation, admitted under-reporting his income by a total of $153,000 for the tax years 1984 and 1985. Logue also admitted posing as his father-in-law, Calvin Wolf, and obtaining under false pretenses a $40,000 loan in 1986 from Shopper Publications Inc. in Roslyn, Montgomery County, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis O. Wilson.
October 18, 1988 |
A former bookmaker testified yesterday in U.S. District Court that sports bookies in Philadelphia had to do one of two things to stay in business - either pay weekly "tribute" to the mob or become partners with it. The testimony by the former bookie, Norman Lit, 48, came as the prosecution in the racketeering trial of reputed mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo and 16 associates continued efforts to link some of the defendants to illegal gambling operations....