The Federal government seems to be very busy lately scooping up various people using per head sites for illegal gambling purposes, and Wednesday’s bust was no different taking down another 20 reported Gambino associates using price per head sites.
An ongoing investigation revealed that in Connecticut the use of per head sportsbook sites, as well as illegal card gambling clubs was happening in and around Stamford and Hamden.
All of the defendants, allegedly, with the exception of Norboe, were involved in the day to day running of a sizeable per head sports bookmaking operation based out of Costa Rica. The site 44wager.com has since be taken down.
- Dean Depreta, a.k.a. “The Kid,” “The Guy,” and “Little Baldy,” 44, of Stamford
- Richard Uva, a.k.a. “Big Baldy,” 43, of Trumbull
- Thonas Uva, IV, a.k.a. “Little T,” 30, of Stamford
- Douglas Corbin, a.k.a. “Chubby,” and “Fat Doug,” 51, of Stamford
- Joseph Borea, a.k.a. “Pizza Joe,” 55, of New Canaan
- Michael Vitti, a.k.a. “Peewee,” 32, of Stamford
- Silverio Califano, a.k.a. “Sil,” 51, of Stamford
- John Liquori, 42, of North Haven
- Michael Pepe, 32, of North Haven
- Domenico Manchisi, a.k.a. “Dom,” 64, of Shelton
- George Norboe, a.k.a. “Biker George,” 40, of Wallingford
- Craig Caffro, a.k.a. “Spanky,” 47, of Pompano Beach, Florida
- Daniel DeGruttola, a.k.a. “Dannyboy,” 32, of Stamford
- Frank Potolicchio, Jr., 33, of Norwalk
- Victor Amereno, 41 of Stamford
- John Colello, 53, of Stamford
- Mitchell Engelson, 62, of New York, New York
- Anthony Santoro, a.k.a. “Skinny,” 48, of Williamsburg, New York
- Salvatore Ferraioli, 31 of Staten Island, New York
- Angelo Antonlino, 32, of Port Chester, New York
According to the indictment all 20 defendants are charged with at least one count of operation of an illegal gambling business, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000, on each count. Depreta, Richard Uva, and Thomas Uva, IV are charged with interstate travel in aid of racketeering, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000, on each count; and Richard Uva, Thomas Uva, IV, and Caffro are charged with money laundering, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $500,000