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US mobsters charged with running illegal gambling dens

US mobsters charged with running illegal gambling dens

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Worldwide news outlets are reporting that nine men have been charged in connection with a mafia gambling ring in New York, which prosecutors say were operating out of innocuous front businesses including a gelato shop, soccer club, and shoe repair store.

In a federal indictment, unsealed on August 15th, prosecutors said that eight members of the Genovese and Bonanno crime families operated the illegal gambling dens with the protection of a crooked police officer. The mobsters were charged with racketeering and other offences, Nassau County Police Detective, Hector Rosario, was accused of accepting bribes in return for orchestrating raids on competing gambling dens.

It is alleged that the two crime families jointly opened a lucrative illegal gambling operation in 2012, operating out of the Gran Caffe Gelateria in Lynbrook on Long Island.

August 15th saw seven of the nine charged appear before a judge in Brooklyn, with Detective Rosario released on a $500,000 bail bond. The remainder were set bods ranging from $2m to $150,000, with all next due to appear in court on September 13th.

In addition to the gelato shop in Lynbrook, prosecutors say the group used a network of other seemingly legitimate shops as fronts for gambling. These included La Nazionale Soccer Club in Queens, Glendale Sports Club in Queens, Soccer Club in Valley Stream, Sal’s Shoe Repair in Merrick and Centro Calcio Italiano Club in West Babylon.