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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Grandfather connected to Gambino gambling ring sentenced to prison

A 65-year-old Shelton grandfather was sentenced to six months in federal prison July 31 for running money within a large-scale gambling operation organized by two alleged associates of the Gambino crime family.
Prosecutors said Domenico Manchisi collected gambling proceeds in greater New Haven to give to Dean DePreta and Richard Uva, two “longtime organized crime associates” based in Stamford.
Manchisi was one of 19 people indicted by the feds in connection to the gambling ring, which used a website to lay bets and earned some $1.7 million in 38 weeks. Discussions about Manchisi’s role in the gambling ring were detailed through secretly-recorded conversations.
On March 28 Manchisi pleaded guilty to one count of operating an illegal gambling business.
Manchisi was far from a career criminal. He was a successful small businessman, operating several restaurants over the years, according to court documents.
He had a stable family life, having been married to the same woman for 42 years. He lived in Shelton with his wife, kids and grandchildren.
And he’s a first-time offender.
In a sentencing memo, prosecutors noted his background made his crime inexplicable. His lawyer called the crime a “terrible mistake.”
Manchisi’s lawyer argued he should receive probation, while prosecutors argued for a sentence of six to 12 months in prison.
U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in federal court in Hartford July 31 ordered Manchisi to pay a $20,000 fine in addition to spending six months in prison.
The case was investigated by the FBI Fairfield County Organized Crime Task Force, the Internal Revenue Service, the Stamford Police Department, the Bridgeport Police Department and the Connecticut State Police.



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