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28 arrested in N.Y. gambling sting

Feb 4, 2011, 9:57 am

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HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. — Officers from the Rockland County Intelligence Center and the town rounded up 28 people Thursday night in a crackdown on an illegal lottery ring.

The joint raids were the result of a five-month joint investigation, authorities said.

Rockland County Sheriff's Department Capt. William Barbera, captain of the Intelligence Center, said about 11:30 p.m. that police had processed the suspects at the West Haverstraw Community Center, 130 Samsondale Ave., where officers had set up portable processing machines.

Police executed several search warrants across the village and seized thousands of dollars during their raid of the lottery, known to police as the "Dominican Lottery."

A specific dollar amount had not been determined Thursday night.

Many of the suspects were being charged with possession of gambling records, Barbera said. Others were likely to be held on immigration detainers. Barbera said it was likely several of the suspects would face additional charges as well.

In February 2010, officials concluded a two-year criminal probe into a similar $10 million to $12 million lottery in Spring Valley.

The ring was making money on what was called the Dominican lottery, police said.

At the time, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said that the investigation, named Operation Dinero De Diablo, garnered about $1 million in cash, cars and real estate to be distributed to various law enforcement agencies.

Nine were arrested during that operation, which reached across parts of Rockland and into New Jersey.

Eight high-end vehicles were seized during that operation along with $370,302, which was taken from safes in about 50 stacks of rubber-banded $100, $50 and $20 bills.

That ring operated three lottery rooms in Spring Valley and one in Hillcrest. Two others were found in Elizabeth, N.J., and East Orange, N.J.

Authorities said at the time that the crew operating in Rockland had connections to other gangs that smuggled people into the United States from Dominican Republic. Those smuggled into the country worked in the lottery rooms to repay a $15,000 smuggler's fee.

Barbera said a news conference to further discuss the breadth of Thursday's raid is scheduled for noon today at Haverstraw Town Hall.

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megamanX's avatar - mega man_x_sprite-9629.jpg
Pocatello, Idaho
United States
Member #105615
February 3, 2011
59 Posts

wait the Dominican lottery was bogus? good thing I already sent my savings to Nigeria to help out a local prince. I expect to be rewarded any day now.

    sully16's avatar - sharan
    President Elect
    United States
    Member #81738
    October 28, 2009
    78177 Posts

    wait the Dominican lottery was bogus? good thing I already sent my savings to Nigeria to help out a local prince. I expect to be rewarded any day now.

    hehehehe, and the lawyers will feast.

    Smiley Santa

      Littleoldlady's avatar - basket
      United States
      Member #487
      July 15, 2002
      17638 Posts

      Green laugh

      The crooks who are running the legal lotteries don't want any competition!

      If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

      You never know when you will get another hit.

        north carolina/virginia
        United States
        Member #2097
        August 17, 2003
        129 Posts

        I Agree!

          United States
          Member #102878
          December 27, 2010
          334 Posts

          I Agree!

            butterflykt's avatar - Lottery-043.jpg

            United States
            Member #102739
            December 25, 2010
            108 Posts

            Wish I could have been a fly on the wall!

            All things are possible to those that believe!!!!!!Wink

              HaveABall's avatar - rocket

              United States
              Member #72446
              March 18, 2009
              1314 Posts

              Reads, "Those smuggled into the country worked in the lottery rooms to repay a $15,000 smuggler's fee."

              Hum, I wonder how many hours per week each illegal alien person was required to work and for how many months and did each join the gang for life?


              Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!


                New Member
                Houston TX
                United States
                Member #100649
                November 16, 2010
                1 Posts

                Lol so true.