An alleged member of the Genovese crime family in northern New Jersey has admitted to participating in an illegal online gambling ring.
Appearing in U.S. District Court in Newark NJ, Patsy Pirozzi pleaded guilty to participating in a racketeering conspiracy.
Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office had alleged that Mr. Pirozzi and others ran an illegal sports gambling business in New Jersey and other states for a four-year period from 2008 to 2012. According to authorities, the gambling business used a website that operated out of Costa Rica.
Last year, federal officials arrested more than a dozen people in connection with the gambling ring.
As a result of his plea agreement, Mr. Pirozzi could be sentenced to a term of incarceration of up to 20 years in federal prison. Additionally, the plea deal calls for Mr. Pirozzi to forfeit approximately $31,000.00.
The Genovese crime family is also alleged to have engaged in cargo theft, receiving stolen property, and collection of unlawful debt.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Reputed Genovese N.J. Crime Family Associate Admits Role in Illegal Gambling Ring.”