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Friday, August 10, 2012

Assistant football coach resigns after federal gambling indictment

A former Staten Island, N.Y., assistant football coach was one of 20 men indicted on federal charges of operating illegal gambling businesses in Connecticut.
Salvatore Ferraioli, 31, who, according to the Staten Island Advance, resigned as an assistant coach at St. Joseph by-the-Sea (Staten Island) on July 30, was indicted by a federal grand jury in New Haven.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the indictments involved an Internet sports bookmaking operation and illegal card gambling clubs in Hamden and Stamford, Conn. The U.S. Attorney alleged that some of those arrested had ties to the Gambino crime family. Ferraioli was the only man indicted from Staten Island.
He was also at the school on July 23 when Nicholas Dellaventura, a 15-year-old football player collapsed during a team workout and later died.
Ferraioli, who works as a Brooklyn, N.Y., fire fighter, was a volunteer junior varsity coach with the St. Joseph by-the-Sea Vikings. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on July 27 and is out on a $100,000 bond. According to the Advance, he is on administrative detail with the fire department.
On Monday, one of the 20 defendants, Michael Pepe, 33, of North Haven, Conn., pleaded guilty to two counts of operating an illegal gambling business.



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