Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

NYPD arrests 37 Gambinos for loansharking and gambling charges

John GottiJohn GottiThirty-seven people have been arrested and charged with loansharking and gambling crimes in connection with the Gambino crime family, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
"Operation Flat Rate" came together in a series of pre-dawn raids by the AG's Organized Crime Task Force and the NYPD's Organized Crime Investigations Division.
The agencies targed alleged Gambino soldiers Vincent Romano and James Outerie and alleged Gambino associates Louis Lombardo, Louis Peteroy, Frank Esposito, Christopher Sorrentino, Nicolas Fulciniti and others.

Officials two illegal sports gambling operations "were run through offshore wire rooms that handled wagers on college and professional sports, as well as horse races. According to the charges, these gambling operations generated millions of dollars worth of wagers," the agencies said.

One of the enterprises was also a "policy" or numbers scheme where loansharking victims placed bets -- sometimes involuntarily -- on the New York Lottery and Win 4 numbers to finance the operation.
In three of the five indictments unsealed in Kings County today, 35 defendants are charged with Enterprise Corruption based on a pattern of gambling and loansharking schemes. The Enterprise Corruption by itself carries a maximum penalty of 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison.



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