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Friday, June 19, 2015

Two New Jersey men linked to the Genovese family sentenced for racketeering conspiracy

After pleading guilty nearly one year ago to involvement with the Genovese crime family in connection to an illegal online betting site, a Bayonne resident was sentenced today on one count of racketeering conspiracy, according to a statement released by the United States Department of Justice.
Eric Patten, 38, of Bayonne, and Dominick J. Barone, 45, of Springfield, were sentenced to 18 and 22 months in prison, respectively. The duo assisted in the running of the illegal online sports betting site based in Costa Rica, beteagle.com, where Patten acted as a bookie for the website, and Barone helped carry out the day to day activities of the operation, according to the statement.
In addition to the prison terms, District Judge Claire C. Cecchi ordered both men to serve three years of supervised release and pay a $5,000 fine, while Barone must also forfeit $100,000 as part of his plea agreement, the release stated.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court, Joseph Graziano, 78, of Springfield, was the principal owner of beteagle.com. Along with Baronne, Graziano conspired with the Genovese Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra in the operation of Beteagle.
Adding to its unlawfulness, Beteagle did not accept payments or credit online, and therefore relied on its employees to use threats of violence to pressure users to pay their debts.
Graziano has pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and is scheduled for sentencing on June 25, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, members of the Bayonne Police Department Special Investigations Unit and other members of local authority agencies for aiding in the arrest and today's sentencing.



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