NJ Crime Family Notables Admit To Massive Gambling Ring
On Thursday, authorities told that 6 members of the Lucchese crime family pleaded guilty for operating a gambling business of billions of dollars that was started by force and threats.
Back in the year 2010, the individuals were charged after an investigation revealed that the gambling ring negotiated a huge amount of almost $2.2 billion for bets in a short time period of 1 year and 3 months.
The method of bets processing was done through secure websites. A Costa Rican “wire room” was also used by the owners of the gambling business to process the bets.
The state Division of Criminal Justice did an investigation of the case which also disclosed a plan under which a former New Jersey corrections officer and a high-ranking member of the Nine Trey Gangsters joined with the Lucchese family members as they decided and collaborated to smuggle intoxication drugs and pre-paid mobile phones into East Jersey State jail.
Authorities told that the gangster known by the name of “Edwin Spears” did an agreement with former officer, Michael Bruinton. They both are still not charged for the offenses.
69-year-old Ralph V. Perna, was included in those individuals who pleaded guilty on Wednesday; he was given the task of checking the crime family’s operations in New Jersey. His 2 sons, 45-year-old Joseph Perna and 38-year-old John Perna, also pleaded guilty.
Prosecutors will recommend an 8 year sentence for Ralph Perna and the recommended sentence for his sons will be 10 years. His 3rd son, 43-year-old Ralph M. Perna, is still not charged.
64-year-old Martin Taccetta was also among those who pleaded guilty and he is already serving a lifetime sentence due to the state prosecution done back in 1990s. Apart from him, 72-year-old John Mangrella and 80-year-old Matthew Madonna also pleaded guilty, told the authorities.
Authorities also confirmed that 79-year-old Joseph DiNapoli, who was also involved in the crime, is not charged yet for the offense. According to the plea agreement, a sentence of 5 years in jail will be recommended for Madonna and a sentence of 8 years will be recommended for Mangrella and Taccetta, depending on their offenses.
News Source: www.NJ.com