Two Gambling Rings Infiltrated During Staten Island Mob Bust
Two more illegal gambling operations were broken up by authorities on Wednesday when they carried out a series of raids in Staten Island. The raids netted twenty-two arrests on varying charges, many of which were mob related.
Even more stunning about the early Wednesday raids was that some of the illegal activity that was taking place has been tied to government agencies. It is not uncommon to find illegal government activity when dealing with mob busts. Manymob members have close ties to government officials.
Included in the charges that were filed were bribery charges. They were related to the gambling operations, although authorities did not elaborate on the extent of the charges. One thing had become evident to the police, however, and that was the operations had ties to the mob.
"These investigations uncovered the intricate netork that organized crime families had developed in Staten Island," said Richmong County District attorney Daniel M. Donovan in a statement.
A state court officer was at the center of the investigation. The officer, who was arrested, was a middle man for bettors and the bookmakers that was serving the gamblers. The Luchese and Gambino crime families were targeted in the raid.
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