AG: 16 charged in connection with alleged illegal gambling operation in McKeesport

Sep 5, 2013 Full story: WPXI 630

Charges have been filed against more than a dozen people accused of being involved in alleged illegal gambling operation in the McKeesport area, authorities said.

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Thr NEPA way

Bethlehem, PA

#377 Jan 20, 2014
We'll stay tuned , thanks for the info. Mississippi is a long way from PA . Illegal gambling was always a mainstay in Pa with the columbo and other mob guys in on the action . This stuff always had a NJ and NY influence . Lots of locals connected through Wilkes Barre , Scranton .
Be watching , thanks .
Wow the Feds mean busines

Mckeesport, PA

#379 Jan 21, 2014
Thr NEPA way wrote:
We'll stay tuned , thanks for the info. Mississippi is a long way from PA . Illegal gambling was always a mainstay in Pa with the columbo and other mob guys in on the action . This stuff always had a NJ and NY influence . Lots of locals connected through Wilkes Barre , Scranton .
Be watching , thanks .
Some informed locals who are following the 16 indictments are mystified why the Feds appear publically silent on this one. Yet over one million was confiscated and only $125,000 in Mississippi?

Could it be that the Feds will take over before the last step in the AG criminal process and impose their much more harsh penalties? The IRS seems to have a covert dog in this consortium of crime.

Confiscation of all the corrupt and ill gotten toys and assets and plush vacation condos would be much needed justice.

I wonder if confiscations would reach the to toys purchased by those (not publically known at this time) who shared illegally in the spoils by veiling the illegal operations and not reporting income?

The AG and Feds seemed to have shifted into a covert mode which is good for the law abiding citizens and very troubling for the bad guys and their surreptitious protectors.

2014 may be a very career changing period for more than those "ring leaders" indicted unless they plea bargain away their felonies.
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#380 Jan 21, 2014
There's a lot to clean up in western PA. That may be the reason it's taking so long.

http://mikeference.blogspot.com/2014/01/pitts...
porky

Homestead, PA

#381 Jan 21, 2014
did you ever wonder how he got that name,,,,,,,,,i bet he is squealing like a pig.
Randy

West Mifflin, PA

#382 Jan 21, 2014
Mike Ference wrote:
There's a lot to clean up in western PA. That may be the reason it's taking so long.
http://mikeference.blogspot.com/2014/01/pitts...
mike you keep going back 30 years and pointing fingers time to move on.
you'll be dead and gone and corruption will still be here, corruption and prostitution will be here until the world ends. as long as there is greed in people .corruption will be here long after your gone.
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#383 Jan 21, 2014
Randy wrote:
<quoted text> mike you keep going back 30 years and pointing fingers time to move on.
you'll be dead and gone and corruption will still be here, corruption and prostitution will be here until the world ends. as long as there is greed in people .corruption will be here long after your gone.
It took years before the UN called the Roman Coward Church to task for the sexual abuse of children and covering-up the crimes. I'll keep moving along no matter how long it takes.

Keep in mind I've never received any help. Western PA is filled with cowards and corruption.
Now Rubber Meets the Road

Mckeesport, PA

#384 Jan 21, 2014
porky wrote:
did you ever wonder how he got that name,,,,,,,,,i bet he is squealing like a pig.
Yes, I agree. The Porkster and 15 indicted others have some difficult decisions to make before their respective trial dates.

The AG investigators and PSP are now in a well earned cat bird chair and have complete control of the puppet strings.

Their hard work and diligent efforts with interrogations, intercepted communications, sting operation, state grand jury witnesses, state grand jury evidence, confidential informants, sting operation, tipsters, and on going plea bargain revelations are now ready for the grand and glorious harvest. The AG and PSP were outstanding in their performance and did NOT need any local law enforcement assistance.

The 16 indicated just better pray and hope that the Feds do not jump in and confiscate all their ill gotten properties and toys. They is leverage for the AG and should result in a willingness to reveal everything including how and why that operated with impunity.

Year 2014 could be very rough for some of the 16 indicted, especially those charged with felonies.
John

Mckeesport, PA

#385 Jan 21, 2014
Who cares about poker machines and betting, it's the crooked politicians I want to see go down. They are running a run down city into the depths of HELL!!!!!, yet they ride around town on tax dollars thumbing their noses at all the tax payers of this Shit Hole town...
Thr NEPA way

Bethlehem, PA

#386 Jan 21, 2014
Just goes to figure ? No gas extraction tax . Little goes back to the schools , muni's , boroughs , cities that supported casinos . It's easier to put money in someones pocket than pay a fair tax .
Thr NEPA way

Bethlehem, PA

#387 Jan 21, 2014
The Feds can't find out the supplier of the slot machines , sports cards . Someone is making them and phone records could be used ?
I often wondered how a gal from Louisianna got to be head of the Pa gaming commission . Rendell had one appointment ,
I Paid 4 My SUV

Mckeesport, PA

#388 Jan 21, 2014
John wrote:
Who cares about poker machines and betting, it's the crooked politicians I want to see go down. They are running a run down city into the depths of HELL!!!!!, yet they ride around town on tax dollars thumbing their noses at all the tax payers of this Shit Hole town...
I tend to believe and think that the AG wants to see and same thing and is on that trajectory.
John

Bethlehem, PA

#389 Jan 21, 2014
I Paid 4 My SUV wrote:
<quoted text>
I tend to believe and think that the AG wants to see and same thing and is on that trajectory.
They should all be in the ground like Murtha . I also hope Kane is after all of them.
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#390 Jan 21, 2014
Now Rubber Meets the Road wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, I agree. The Porkster and 15 indicted others have some difficult decisions to make before their respective trial dates.
The AG investigators and PSP are now in a well earned cat bird chair and have complete control of the puppet strings.
Their hard work and diligent efforts with interrogations, intercepted communications, sting operation, state grand jury witnesses, state grand jury evidence, confidential informants, sting operation, tipsters, and on going plea bargain revelations are now ready for the grand and glorious harvest. The AG and PSP were outstanding in their performance and did NOT need any local law enforcement assistance.
The 16 indicated just better pray and hope that the Feds do not jump in and confiscate all their ill gotten properties and toys. They is leverage for the AG and should result in a willingness to reveal everything including how and why that operated with impunity.
Year 2014 could be very rough for some of the 16 indicted, especially those charged with felonies.
Many of the 16 are currently charged with relatively minor crimes, however, as more and evidence is gathered and more of the indicted try to save their own skins; I would think that more charges could apply.
Now the Rubber Meet Road

Mckeesport, PA

#391 Jan 21, 2014
Mike Ference wrote:
<quoted text>
Many of the 16 are currently charged with relatively minor crimes, however, as more and evidence is gathered and more of the indicted try to save their own skins; I would think that more charges could apply.
Mike:

That is exactly the way I envision the mess to evolve.

Tipsters = more incriminating evidence

Plea Bargains = more incriminating evidence

RICO Act & Federal Charges = confiscations of personal property

The climax would be if the Feds invoke the RICO act and do what every it takes to seize all assets acquired with illegal gambling monies.

The RICO card would restore Hope, Dignity, Love, and Respect to the City in a blink of the eye. May be this is what the mayor visualized in his crystal ball when he coined the feel good theme.

IMO more indictments are imminent and it will not be more Ma and Pa enterprises.
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#392 Jan 21, 2014
Now the Rubber Meet Road wrote:
<quoted text>
Mike:
That is exactly the way I envision the mess to evolve.
Tipsters = more incriminating evidence
Plea Bargains = more incriminating evidence
RICO Act & Federal Charges = confiscations of personal property
The climax would be if the Feds invoke the RICO act and do what every it takes to seize all assets acquired with illegal gambling monies.
The RICO card would restore Hope, Dignity, Love, and Respect to the City in a blink of the eye. May be this is what the mayor visualized in his crystal ball when he coined the feel good theme.
IMO more indictments are imminent and it will not be more Ma and Pa enterprises.
Agee
A Tail of 2 Corrupt Citys

Mckeesport, PA

#394 Jan 31, 2014
Now Rubber Meets the Road wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, I agree. The Porkster and 15 indicted others have some difficult decisions to make before their respective trial dates.

The 16 indicated just better pray and hope that the Feds do not jump in and confiscate all their ill gotten properties and toys. This is leverage for the AG and should result in a willingness to reveal everything including how and why they operated with impunity.
Year 2014 could be very rough for some of the 16 indicted, especially those charged with felonies.



Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Associated Press |




Guilty pleas are unfolding in a gambling case that involves $1 million buried in the yard of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo’s daughter.

Joseph Vito Mastronardo Jr., 63, who is married to Rizzo’s daughter Joanna, and his son Joseph F. Mastronardo, 32, are scheduled to plead guilty Friday.

Joanna Mastronardo is charged with “structuring” bank deposits to avoid reporting rules. Her lawyer, William Brennan, says she is not scheduled for a plea.

Investigators say brothers Joseph Vito Mastronardo Jr. and John Mastronardo used offshore accounts and other means to launder gambling proceeds from a huge bookmaking ring.

Authorities say they found $1 million in cash buried in PVC pipes outside Joseph and Joanna Mastronardo’s home in Abington in 2010.

Mastronardo, his brother John Mastronardo, 58, and his son Joseph F. Mastronardo, along with 13 others from Bucks and Montgomery counties, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Florida, were indicted in August 2012 by a federal grand jury in connection with a nationwide sports betting organization that took bets over the phone and Internet.

Dennis Cogan, a lead defense lawyer on the case, confirmed that about a dozen defendants charged with racketeering and gambling have agreed to take part in a “global plea,” requiring that all of them plead guilty. Cogan, who was in the hospital, could not elaborate. The Philadelphia Daily News first reported Wednesday on the arrangement. Details of the plea were not available on the court’s online docket, and a lead prosecutor did not immediately return a message for comment.

“As we have recently seen it sometimes takes two or three years before a person is completely exonerated,” attorney Louis Busico said. Busico represents Edward Feighan of Lower Salford, who is accused of being a bookmaker for the organization and is expected to plead guilty as well.“The resolution in the Mastronardo case ensures that while these defendants will be held responsible for their actions they will be returned to their families in a matter of months.”

This was the second round of charges against the Mastronardo brothers.

In 2006 they were arrested after an investigation into illegal sports betting in Montgomery County. The brothers were sentenced to two to 23 months in prison and five years probation in that case. However, after getting out of prison they got back into the gambling racket, officials said, leading to the second investigation and federal indictments.

Joseph V. Mastronardo, who was convicted in 1987 on federal gambling charges, once ran a gambling operation that grossed $50 million a year, according to a 1990 report by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Cogan has represented the brothers for years, and has argued that there’s a fine line between legal and illegal betting.

“They have legitimate businesses and always have,” Cogan said in 2010, when the FBI used backhoes to dig up the Mastronardos’ yard in Montgomery County.

When the indictments were announced in August 2012, authorities said Joseph V. Mastronardo faced up to 152 years in prison; John Mastronardo, 89 years; Joseph F. Mastronardo, 50 years, and Joanna Mastronardo up to five years in prison. The remainder of the conspirators faced between 25 and 95 years.

Staff writer Matt Coughlin contributed to this report.
Noses Under The Tent

Mckeesport, PA

#395 Feb 1, 2014
John wrote:
Who cares about poker machines and betting, it's the crooked politicians I want to see go down. They are running a run down city into the depths of HELL!!!!!, yet they ride around town on tax dollars thumbing their noses at all the tax payers of this Shit Hole town...
I think the AG and PSP have one City councilperson in their crosshairs and he is a sure target. He is an odds on favorite to go down. He defied the authorities and the raided him a few more times. He was foolish to try to embarrass the PSP, which failed big time. I think the councilman got some very errant advice from someone he barely knew.

He appears worried , distraught, and beleaguered. He may have not practical choice except to give serious consideration of cooperating for self-preservation reasons. This will get the AG and PSP noses well under the corruption tent. The tent may soon collapse on the weight of his plea bargain testimony.

This will be an interesting new few months with petitions to be circulated soon for the primary elections.

Wow! The tension and intrigue are mounting monotonically for the MDC SNAFU in endorsing the disgraced councilperson.
John

Reading, PA

#396 Feb 8, 2014
Mark Gergely can only hide his head like an ostich so long . "who me porky , I wouldn't turn that letter over to the AG about her husband losing all the money on porky's gambling haunts "

I donated all the money from porky to charity ? After you were caught .
John

Reading, PA

#397 Feb 8, 2014
How many local cops and PSP were involved in hushing this up ? It just so happens all over Pa when you try to report some kind of illegal activity you take a chance on becoming a target . If you ever get called in about gambling activities and don't ever gamble , play numbers , sport betting games you should know the fix is on and you know nothing .
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#399 Feb 9, 2014
John wrote:
How many local cops and PSP were involved in hushing this up ? It just so happens all over Pa when you try to report some kind of illegal activity you take a chance on becoming a target . If you ever get called in about gambling activities and don't ever gamble , play numbers , sport betting games you should know the fix is on and you know nothing .
I call it Synchronized Crime. The partnership and absolute loyalty to Mafia by our elected officials, government workers and law enforcement. Rep Gergely and Senator Brewster are textbook examples of how Synchronized Crime works. Absolute loyalty to Porky and his money and no regard for honest and law-abiding citizens. Truth be told Gergely and Brewster are the ultimate traitors to our country and should be tried for treason.

We'll have to see how this plays out. Much of PA is run and owned by the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group. Would not surprise me if everyone walks.

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