This wise guy is up to his same old tricks.
Six men were busted Thursday for conducting an online gambling operation that raked in over $13 million, prosecutors said.
From Sept. 2015 to this March, hundreds of bettors either went to www.stakestake.com with their own unique username and password or called the company’s toll-free number to place bets on various professional and collegiate sports, prosecutors said.
“We’ve now shut down this illegal enterprise that was controlled by organized crime and will fully prosecute those who have been indicted,” said Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson.
The ringleader, Eugene "Boopsie" Castelle, a reputed member of the Lucchese crime family, received payments for his leadership and to protect them against rivals, prosecutors said.
“I don’t shake hands with cops,” Castelle allegedly told authorities.
Castelle, 56, was “back to business” eight years after he was released from federal prison, where he served 88 months for racketeering charges, prosecutors said.
Anthony Grecco, second left, leaves after making bail at Brooklyn Supreme Court on Thursday.
Anthony Grecco, 62, was the alleged master agent of the operation, who managed the activities in Costa Rica, with the other agents as well as his own clientele.
The four other defendants on the 37-count indictment were the alleged “sheetholders” who handled administrative duties with account holders and collected a percentage of lost wages, prosecutors said.
They were each variously charged on the indictment for enterprise corruption and promoting gambling. If convicted, they face up to 15 years in prison.
Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun set bail between $25,000 and $250,000 bond.
Grecco was also indicted for separate charges of money laundering.