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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Genovese associate spared prison for role in online gambling ring

Bayonne man who took part in an illegal online gambling ring won't do any prison time, a federal judge said today.

Kenny Baran, 50, who pleaded guilty in September to transmission of wagering information, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Claire Cecchi in Newark to six months home confinement and two years probation.

Baran also was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and fined $2,000. He could have been sentenced to up to two years in prison and fined as much as $250,000.

He was one of 14 people -- including Bayonne residents Eric Patten, 35, Mark Sanzo, 53, and Robert “Worm” Scerbo, 54 -- who authorities say were associated with the Genovese organized crime family who were charged in May 2012.

The trials of Patten, Sanzo and Scerbo have all been granted continuances as they negotiate plea deals, according to federal court documents.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the group of men used a website, beteagle.com, 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.

The investigation found the group accepted bets through the website and collected on those bets, officials said. If a bettor could not or refused to pay, members of the crew would threaten and extort the bettor to collect those debts, officials said.



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