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. He will now be facing organized criminal gambling, bookmaking, probation violation and conspiracy charges.
It has been confirmed by a spokeswoman for Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office that all 17 men have been charged, but they could not release any details.
The police are still investigating.