betting and gambling
Internet Gambling Ring Bust in Rhode Island
Steven O’Donnell, State Police Superintendent said that these were arrests were made as a result of an investigation by state, federal and local officials that lasted for eight months.
The men were arrested on Tuesday morning and are now facing charges that include organized criminal gambling, bookmarking and drug offenses.
Among the suspects are were Rhode Island athletes that are known in the area according to reports from the Providence Journal.
Chris Costantino, 24 from Warwick was a pitcher that was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2009 and Sean Furney, 24 from Warwick who was signed in 2013 as a free agent with Arizona Diamondbacks are now facing conspiracy charges and organized criminal gambling.
One of the alleged ringleaders of the gambling operation has been named as Timothy Moretti, who is a 46 year old from Cranston. However, authorities have declined so far to name or to give any details according to WPRI-TV.
The Journal has reported that Moretti is a known associate of the mob and is also a former prison guard that has a long criminal history that includes illegal gambling charges and drug charges.… Read the rest
According to sources and court documents, nearly $3 million was transferred from golfer Phil Mickelson to a middleman as part of an illegal gambling operation that took and placed bets on sporting events.
Phil Mickelson is a 5 time major winner and is also one of the most popular and wealthiest players on the PGA Tour, but he has not been charged nor is he under federal investigation.
However, last week a 56 year old former sports gambler has pled guilty for being a channel to an offshore gambling operation and for laundering about $2.75 million.
Gregory Silveria has come to an agreement with prosecutors and has pled guilty to three counts of money laundering from a gambling client that has not been named between February 2010 and February 2013.
Mickelson has not been named, but sources say that the unnamed client is he. Mickelson though could not be contacted for comment and Glenn Cohen his personal attorney would not comment, but did say that another attorney assisted in the matter. Silveria also would neither comment nor his attorney.
In the early hours on January the 9th, police raided the provincial headquarters of the Raising of the Nationalist Will Party (MIY), but the raid was not for political reasons, but rather for the throwing of gambling parties.
The MIY was founded after the Trust Party which was closed after 44 police raids and they have already see three raids so far this year.
The MIY is thought to be a shadow organisation which was founded to cover illegal gambling activities.
Öztürk Sezer, the head of the party along with 11 other people was detained in the police raid in the southern province of Adana. The detention came after claims that they were the organizers of the gambling parties.
In Turkey, gambling is completely illegal apart from on certain sports.
238 people in total were fined for gambling in the double raid which also covered a district base. The others that were targeted in the raids are accused of providing a venue for gamblers and collecting unearned money.
Sezer defended himself by saying that he was there to personally observe claims that the branch was in fact organizing illegal gambling sessions. He went on to say that he was curious about what he read in the media stories about people gambled in his party and was there to see what was going on.… Read the rest