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October 28, 2000 | by Nicole Weisensee Egan, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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January 30, 1993 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 7, 2009 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 12, 2003 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 8, 1998 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 6, 1987 | By Mike Schurman, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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February 2, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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March 7, 1990 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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September 23, 1988 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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October 18, 1988 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
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....
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December 20, 2012 | By David Porter, Associated Press
TRENTON - Pro sports leagues have experienced nearly unprecedented success despite the existence of illegal and legal gambling and therefore can't claim harm if New Jersey legalizes sports betting, an attorney for the state argued Tuesday. "There's no evidence that gambling has hurt the sports leagues and their reputation," said Theodore Olson, a former U.S. solicitor general who has joined the state's legal team. "All evidence shows sports have grown in this country alongside the growth of gambling, some legal, some not legal.
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January 7, 2009 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 18, 2007 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former Flyers star Rick Tocchet avoided time in the ultimate penalty box yesterday when a Superior Court judge sentenced him to two years' probation for his admitted role in a multimillion-dollar sports-betting ring. "I regret I was involved in this," the one-time hockey standout said before Judge Thomas S. Smith Jr. imposed sentence. In May, Tocchet pleaded guilty to conspiracy and gambling charges, admitting he partnered with a New Jersey state trooper in a bookmaking operation that took millions of dollars in bets on professional and college football games between September 2002 and February 2006.
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February 9, 2006 | By Marc Narducci and Jennifer Moroz INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Former Flyers star Rick Tocchet was granted an indefinite leave of absence last night after a meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in New York. On Monday, Tocchet was accused by New Jersey law enforcement officials of financing an illegal sports betting ring. Tocchet, now the associate coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, was supposed to be behind the bench for Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks. At the request of Bettman, Tocchet did not attend the game. Bettman summoned Tocchet and his attorney, Kevin Marino, to last night's meeting, which included Robert J. Cleary, who has been retained by the NHL to conduct an internal investigation.
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February 8, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When a professional athlete or coach is mentioned in an alleged gambling ring, it sends shock waves to those associated with that sport. That was certainly true yesterday when New Jersey state investigators announced they had dismantled an illegal sports betting ring that was allegedly organized by, among others, former Flyers winger Rick Tocchet. Tocchet is currently an assistant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes. Other hockey players were allegedly involved in a ring that the authorities say placed more than 1,000 wagers worth more than $1.7 million over a 40-day period.
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February 8, 2006 | By Jennifer Moroz INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Former Philadelphia Flyers star Rick Tocchet financed an illegal sports betting ring that drew in millions in wagers and whose clients included several other professional hockey players, New Jersey authorities charged yesterday. Officials of the state police and state Division of Criminal Justice said Tocchet partnered with "one of our own" - a state trooper - to run the gambling operation, which also had ties to the mob and touched at least one Hollywood star. Tocchet, 41, now an assistant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes, was served with a complaint summons Monday in Arizona and was expected to return to New Jersey today to answer charges of promoting gambling, money laundering and conspiracy in connection with a football and basketball bookmaking operation.
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March 12, 2003 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 9, 2001 | by Kitty Caparella Daily News Staff Writer
For six weeks, mob mascot Angelo Lutz endeared himself to the public, talking about his so-called Mafia decoder ring. The short rotund mob associate defended his six co-defendants at the ongoing mob racketeering trial with witty quotes and created an aura around himself of a guy who shouldn't be a defendant. On lunch, evening or even weekend news shows, the 37- year-old South Philadelphian had a ready quip from the trial for a few reporters hungry to fill air time. The 400-pound mob spinmeister even hosted a couple of newshounds in his home to taste his mother's soup and pasta.
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October 28, 2000 | by Nicole Weisensee Egan, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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