Illegal Spring Valley, NY lottery operation taken down

February 12th, 2010 - 6:08 am ICT by BNO News  

NEW CITY, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) – An illegal lottery operation on Thursday was taken down with the successful prosecutions of members and one million dollars was seized for Rockland County, New York, prosecutors said.

The coordinated taken down of an estimated $10 million to $12 million-a-year gambling ring was dubbed “Operation Dinero De Diablo”, and resulted in the arrests of nine people and seizure of about $450,000 and nine vehicles and one of the defendant’s residence with a value estimating $700,000.

Police raided three businesses in Spring Valley, one in Ramapo and two in New Jersey, as well as three homes, including the Stony Point mansion where the ringleader lived. The investigation as started based on information provided in October, 2009, by a Spring Valley police officer.

The probe found the Rockland-based crew also worked the lottery scheme with others across the nation and was involved in smuggling people into the United States.

“This was not a harmless neighborhood lottery or sports book,” said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe. “This gambling ring was fraught with violence and a variety of criminal dealings.”

Eight of the nine defendants were convicted in 2009. As part of their sentences, each consented to forfeit the illegal profits. The individuals received a combination of jail time and probation. The last of the nine participants was convicted in January, 2010.

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