The New York Attorney General's office just concluded an operation they called Shark Bait.
They targeted a group of mafia-connected online bookmakers that mostly took bets in the New York area. I understand that gambling is illegal unless state run (OTB, lotto) or on Indian land.
My question for you is, why do they waste so much money and time going after a few guys who are only providing what the public wants? In my humble opinion, if they spent as much time and effort going after illegal aliens, who are costing the state 5.1 billion a year, the money and effort might be better spent. Law Enforcement wastes an enormous amount of taxpayer money on something that really does not affect the rest of the citizens, only willing participants who seek out a loan and have connections. The indictment says they loaned out cash to customers at outrageous weekly interest rates. Here it is again. I can guarantee you that not one person who was loaned money was forced to take out a loan. They know the terms before they take the cash and they have to know somebody in the life to get it. It’s not like they do a credit check. I understand that it is against the law and that they use the cash to fund other enterprises, but how about all of the those people killed in shootings in high crime areas? If less time, energy and money was spent chasing after loan sharks, maybe more time could be spent in high crime areas bringing down violent crime rates.
Well enough of me on my soapbox.
Anyway, they took down 13 people in the bust of 4Spades.org which is a Genovese family operation. The man behind it is Salvatore “Sallie” DeMeo a made Genovese guy. DeMeo has a long history of high profile criminal acts including bank robbery. He was the head of a bank robbery crew in the late 1990’s. He helped plan out a robbery in Manalapan N.J. where my buddy Andrew DiDonato jumped over the counter and they made off with over 400,000 dollars in cash. Sallie received a full share of that robbery even though he was not one of the upfront guys because he was an integral part. He is the real deal and very well respected by everyone in the life. The crew also took down an armoured car in Manhattan. He would later be charged by the FBI, but when they went to arrest him he had already gone on the lam.
In the old days his capo was Rosario “Ross” Gangi, another well respected Genovese guy.
They were not only charged with the bookmaking operation, but with loan sharking and selling bootleg cigarettes.
They did sell more than thirty thousand thousand untaxed cigarettes in the New York area.
They smuggled the cigarettes into the state and then used fake tax stamps so they could move them in bulk.
This is a pretty typical mafia operation which shows that the mafia is still alive and well in the country.
In other mafia news, New Jersey DeCavalcante Cape Charles Stango admitted to offering two undercover FBI agents fifty thousand dollars to murder a person he thought disrespected another family member.
He was on parole for another crime and living in Henderson Nevada at the time.
He will be doing a few years.