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Friday, March 29, 2013

Two men plead guilty to gambling charges

One was a bag man, the other a deliveryman.
Both are now convicted felons.
Domenico Manchisi, 65, of Shelton, and Angelo Antolino, 32, of Port Chester, N.Y., became the latest to plead guilty to gambling charges stemming from what the FBI calls a multi-million-dollar betting operation in Fairfield and New Haven counties run by the Gambino crime family.
Manchisi, who is represented by Guy Soares, and Antolino, who is represented by Frank Riccio II, both pleaded guilty to participating in an illegal gambling operation during proceedings Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Chen said the pair faces up to a year in prison and both must forfeit $20,000 as part of their scheduled June sentences. They are free on bond.
Chen said the gambling operation, which brought in $1.7 million in an eight-month period, included more than 300 gamblers and others who placed wagers with 25 bookmakers, all of whom had to pay a fee for taking bets. There was also an online website based in Costa Rica and three all-night card houses, two of which were in Stamford and the other in Hamden.
Chen accused Dean DePreta, of Stamford, of heading up the operation, which he said was managed on a daily basis by Richard Uva, of Trumbull.
Both DePreta and Uva pleaded not guilty to charges and are awaiting trial before U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford.
The guilty pleas by Manchisi and Antolino now mean nine of the 20 arrested last June have admitted their roles.
In this case, Chen said Manchisi delivered thousands of dollars paid by gamblers in New Haven and Hamden to Uva in Stamford. The prosecutor accused Antolino of being a bookie who collected losses and brought them to Uva.
Chen said if the case went to trial he would produce wiretap recordings and video surveillance to prove his case.
Additional guilty pleas are expected in the coming weeks.


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