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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sentencing is delayed for Bayonne man with ties to the Genovese family

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The sentencing of a Bayonne man who pleaded guilty to participating in an illegal online gambling operation has been postponed until March, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Ken Baran, 51, was scheduled to be sentenced this week, but the sentencing hearing has been reset for March 4, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesperson Rebekah Carmichael said. No reason was given for the postponement.
Baran, who authorities say has ties to the Genovese organized crime family, pleaded guilty in September to his involvement in the Costa Rica-hosted sports betting site Beteagle.com.
Baran faces up to two years in prison and could be ordered to pay up to $250,000 in restitution, according to court documents.
In 2010, officials investigated the site and charged 14 men, including Baran and three other Bayonne residents -- Eric Patten, 35, Mark Sanzo, 53, and Robert “Worm” Scerbo, 54, officials said, saying they were members or associates of the Genovese "LaScala Crew."
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the group of men used the site to run an illegal gambling ring across northern New Jersey in a scheme that also involved extortion, theft, interstate transportation of stolen property and illegal gambling.



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