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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Forfeiture in Gambino Gambling Case

The New York State Attorney General has sued Carmine Sciandra, Benedetto "Benny" Casale, Michael Murdocco, John D'Arpa and Vincent LaFace to recover nearly $10 million which allegedly was obtained from a Gambino gambling and loansharking racket for which the defendants and others were indicted last November.  In connection with the attorney general's forfeiture action, Frank Donnelly reports for the Staten Island Advance:
The five defendants in the civil suit are accused of various counts of criminal enterprise, bookmaking, loansharking and bribery. They are free on bond ranging from $250,000 to $750,000 and are due back in state Supreme Court, St. George, for a March 8 conference. According to the civil suit, Sciandra, Murdocco and LaFace accepted $8.4 million in illegal wagers, while Sciandra, Murdocco and D'Arpa took nearly $1.3 million in illegal bets. Sciandra, Murdocco and Casale gave out illegal loans of at least $40,000. The attorney general seeks to reclaim that collective $9.7 million.
According to a press release last November by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announcing the criminal indictment Sciandra is an "alleged Gambino capo . . . who owns a chain of popular supermarkets on Staten Island called 'Top Tomato,'" and Casale is an "alleged Gambino associate . . . who owns the Casale Tile store in Staten Island."


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