Thursday, November 15, 2007

List of Suspects in Borgata Sports Betting Scam

This info was obtained from out of Philadelphia. Here is the link.
Alleged ringleaders:

-- Andrew Micali, 32, of Ventnor, was the head of the gambling ring, authorities said. A law enforcement source speaking on the condition of anonymity says he has a relationship with Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, the former reputed leader of the Philadelphia mob. Micali is charged with promoting gambling, money laundering and criminal usury.

-- Vincent Procopio, 41, of Brigantine. Also identified by the law enforcement source as connected to Merlino. Charged with promoting gambling.

-- Michael Lancelotti, of Philadelphia, was identified as a suspect in two mob murders during the 2001 trial of Joey Merlino, then the reputed head of the Philadelphia mob. Lancelotti, who watched much of the trial, has denied the allegations and has never been charged. Charged Wednesday with conspiracy to promote gambling.

-- Anthony Nicodemo, 36, of Philadelphia, has been described as a former bodyguard for Merlino. According to news reports, he began a feud between Philadelphia mobsters and the Pagans by insulting members of the outlaw motorcycle gang at a bar in 1995. Charged Wednesday with conspiracy to promote gambling.

Borgata employees, all charged with promoting gambling:

-- Joseph Wishnick, 42, Brigantine, poker room supervisor.

-- Paul Parks, 31, Egg Harbor Township, poker room supervisor.

-- Austin Johnson-Brown, 35, Atlantic City, poker dealer.

-- Robert McEwen, 26, Edison, poker dealer.

-- Matthew Weyler, 26, Turnersville, bartender.

-- Jeffrey Ebert, 45, Ventnor, poker room supervisor. Also charged with criminal usury.

Others charged:

-- Jack M. Buscemi Jr., 50, Mullica Jill, promoting gambling.

-- Russell Brown, 44, Egg Harbor, promoting gambling.

-- Nicholas Caltabiano, 24, Brigantine, promoting gambling.

-- Fekre Tesgaye, 50, Atlantic City, money laundering.

-- Ian Blackman, 28, Mays Landing; promoting gambling, conspiracy to commit criminal usury.

-- William DePena, 39, Philadelphia, conspiracy to promote gambling.

-- Joseph Baldino, 22, Philadelphia, promoting gambling.

-- Frank Baldino, 21, Philadelphia, promoting gambling.

-- Mark Galasso, 23, Philadelphia, conspiracy to commit money laundering.

-- Steven Cassassanto, 37, Philadelphia and Margate, conspiracy to promote gambling.

-- Douglas Rubino, 30, Philadelphia, promoting gambling.

-- Matthew Zambaninni, 27, Bear, Del., promoting gambling.

-- Robert Mackie, 39, Staten Island, N.Y., promoting gambling

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