Connecticut Sports Betting Ring Broken

Charges raised against 20 persons

After the unsealing of a May 8 Grand Jury indictment that claims New York crime family involvement in the illegal enterprise, on June 13, enforcement agencies made a move against 20 persons in southwestern Connecticut accused of being involved in an online sports betting ring.

According to prosecutors, operators of internet sports gambling activities in the territory controlled by the Gambino organized crime family made "tribute" payments to them.

The charges of those arrested include involvement in a bookmaking operation in which gamblers placed bets with offshore Internet sports-gambling websites, including one based in Costa Rica. Also, it has been specified that the participants collected and distributed money among bettors locally and sent proceeds to others involved in the ring.

It was reported by Associated Press news agency that "Federal authorities are seeking forfeiture of about $1.7 million in illegal proceeds, including $174,537 in cash seized in an April 2011 search of the former Stamford residence of Richard "Big Baldy" Uva. Uva was among those indicted, along with Dean "Little Baldy" Depreta, 44, of Stamford. Depreta is accused of operating illegal card gambling clubs with others in Stamford and Hamden and reporting to the Gambino family."

Prior to the action against the ring, the enforcement bodies had conducted an extensive investigation which had included court-authorized wiretaps and the execution of search warrants in three states.

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