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

There are 1066 comments on the WPXI story from Sep 5, 2013, titled AG: 16 charged in connection with alleged illegal gambling operation in McKeesport. In it, WPXI reports that:

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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It is what it is

Mckeesport, PA

#493 Apr 4, 2014
Truman wrote:
McKeesport school board must like crooked members as well ..no one asking for resignation.....WOW!
You are clueless. Mark did not run for reelection. His term expired in December 2013.

However, you might be on to something about tainted members. There are two members on the board city employees and one who is a staffer for the notorious Stingee state representative who voted to fire Ms. D.

Now they have egg on their face and should be surcharged and removed.

The public should demand the resignation of these three who will cost the taxpayers millions.
Informer

Homestead, PA

#495 Apr 4, 2014
It is what it is wrote:
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You are clueless. Mark did not run for reelection. His term expired in December 2013.
However, you might be on to something about tainted members. There are two members on the board city employees and one who is a staffer for the notorious Stingee state representative who voted to fire Ms. D.
Now they have egg on their face and should be surcharged and removed.
The public should demand the resignation of these three who will cost the taxpayers millions.
I don't think I mentioned a name in my post ..I was not referring to Mark as you might have been thinking of. I apologize for posting under the 'other' Homestead poster mentioning Mark, it looked as if I was continuing the thread on Mark , but I wasn't. There is another crook on the school board whose very close relative supplies goods to MASD. And a big contract at that.When that person could tilt the votes in favor of hiring that "firm", he should have abstained and said he couldn't vote because of a conflict of interest. The thing is the other members on the board knew this and didn't call that vote out that broke the tie.. We have several members present on the school board that have ties to shady dealings and could care less about the children who attend school . What a shame !
Informer

Homestead, PA

#496 Apr 4, 2014
sorry........who's........LOL
It is what it is

Mckeesport, PA

#497 Apr 4, 2014
Informer wrote:
<quoted text> I don't think I mentioned a name in my post ..I was not referring to Mark as you might have been thinking of. I apologize for posting under the 'other' Homestead poster mentioning Mark, it looked as if I was continuing the thread on Mark , but I wasn't. There is another crook on the school board whose very close relative supplies goods to MASD. And a big contract at that.When that person could tilt the votes in favor of hiring that "firm", he should have abstained and said he couldn't vote because of a conflict of interest. The thing is the other members on the board knew this and didn't call that vote out that broke the tie.. We have several members present on the school board that have ties to shady dealings and could care less about the children who attend school . What a shame !
I understand and accept your explanation. Part of it was my fault in that I connected posts and should not have done such. Sorry about that.

However with respect to Mark none of the alleged charges have anything to do with his tenure as a respected member of the MASD school board.

I am not smart enough to know if there is any nexus to his position as MPD Deputy Police Chief.

On the surface, is seem like the AG charges are only related to the video machines and gambling.

However, there were some street rumors that he and the esteemed state legislator's staffer were engaged in facilitating the hiring of a Porkster relative in the Maintenance Department over other equally or more qualified person ,and some that have been part timers for years. This would not surprise with his close relationship with the Porkster.

With respect to the other suspected corrupt or conflicts of interest of MASD board member, I would suggest you either write or call or file an online complaint with the PA AG investigator working on operation "Pork Chop," and FBI Corruption Unit on Carlson Street, S. Side, and the State Ethics Commission.

Yes, I typed "and" and not "or."

Do your part to be a good citizen and a relentless corruption fighter. They love suspicious contract awards cases.
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#498 Apr 5, 2014
The Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group is still trying to convince themselves they have no ties to the Black Hand. Good luck with that project.

http://news.google.com/newspapers...

Why did Dr. Phillip Ripepi, son of ANtonio Ripepi recuse himself from the hearing.

http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/ear...
Submarine Man

Mckeesport, PA

#499 Apr 5, 2014
Mike Ference wrote:
The Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group is still trying to convince themselves they have no ties to the Black Hand. Good luck with that project.
http://news.google.com/newspapers...
Why did Dr. Phillip Ripepi, son of ANtonio Ripepi recuse himself from the hearing.
http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/ear...
Thanks Mike; Excellent reference material.
Stephen Z

Homestead, PA

#500 Apr 5, 2014
44 year old article? LMAO!
It is what it was

Mckeesport, PA

#501 Apr 5, 2014
Stephen Z wrote:
44 year old article? LMAO!
Yes, but interesting background information.

The family tree and where resumes and business/political contacts intersect always bring a fourth dimension to the picture.

This fact never becomes stale and is dateless.
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#503 Apr 5, 2014
Stephen Z wrote:
44 year old article? LMAO!
Behavior is congruent. A lying Sicilian scumbag is still a lying Sicilian scumbag 40 years later.
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#504 Apr 5, 2014
This is how it starts. The mob takes over 1 local government at a time. This has been going on since the 40s when Antonio Ripepi, a capo in the Pittsburgh Mafia and related to DA Stephen Zappala Jr. and his father former PA Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Zappala Sr.

This is how elections are won. Corrupt politicians and their entourage of corrupt police chiefs, constables, etc. keeps everyone in line. You got a problem, a family member goes to jail. Remember all the district magistrates are owned by the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group, as are all the judges.

It goes much further. Their children win all the college scholarships, the easy summer jobs within the municipality and then of course the teaching jobs and over-paid administration jobs in the corrupt school district.

It's a never ending cycle until they have complete control of all government agencies, key positions, and especially the lucrative government contracts. It's passed on from generation to generation.

When you factor in all the money the mob makes destroying the African-American community with the drug sales and their newer crimes of child pornography and child prostitution, that destroy all communities, little wonder that Benito Musolini didn't even want the Sicilians in his country.

For those of you who may think I'm bashing the Sicilians, truth be told, I just rewrite what's already been printed.
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#508 Apr 6, 2014
The Internet allows decent human beings to expose scoundrels like Brewster, Washowich, Gergely and all the rest. But what's even more important, we can expose the FBI for doing little or nothing to protect us from uncivilized rebels like the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group.

If our government continues to turn their back on the decent folks, it really doesn't leave a lot of choices for us. Let's hope the feds and the AG get it right, this time.

Maybe we should organize a petition to get rid of the FBI and police our own territories. We already know who the bad guys are. I don;t know if that is an option, perhaps the Daily Snooze can have one of their reporters research the matter.

How much corruption should citizens be forced to deal with, before the Constitution demands that they take the law into their own hands. Obviously, I'm just posing the question. I'm not suggesting any type of revolutionary tactics or changes.

Maybe, the answer is we must just sit and learn to deal with the corruption. Either way, the article would certainly merit consideration from the panels of experts who hand out distinguished writings awards every now and again.
Satan

Ardsley, NY

#509 Apr 6, 2014
Mike Ference wrote:
The Internet allows decent human beings to expose scoundrels like Brewster, Washowich, Gergely and all the rest. But what's even more important, we can expose the FBI for doing little or nothing to protect us from uncivilized rebels like the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group.
If our government continues to turn their back on the decent folks, it really doesn't leave a lot of choices for us. Let's hope the feds and the AG get it right, this time.
Maybe we should organize a petition to get rid of the FBI and police our own territories. We already know who the bad guys are. I don;t know if that is an option, perhaps the Daily Snooze can have one of their reporters research the matter.
How much corruption should citizens be forced to deal with, before the Constitution demands that they take the law into their own hands. Obviously, I'm just posing the question. I'm not suggesting any type of revolutionary tactics or changes.
Maybe, the answer is we must just sit and learn to deal with the corruption. Either way, the article would certainly merit consideration from the panels of experts who hand out distinguished writings awards every now and again.
You are just a pure nutcase.
My Wake Up Call

Mckeesport, PA

#510 Apr 6, 2014
Mike Ference wrote:
The Internet allows decent human beings to expose scoundrels like Brewster, Washowich, Gergely and all the rest. But what's even more important, we can expose the FBI for doing little or nothing to protect us from uncivilized rebels like the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group.
If our government continues to turn their back on the decent folks, it really doesn't leave a lot of choices for us. Let's hope the feds and the AG get it right, this time.
Maybe we should organize a petition to get rid of the FBI and police our own territories. We already know who the bad guys are. I don;t know if that is an option, perhaps the Daily Snooze can have one of their reporters research the matter.
How much corruption should citizens be forced to deal with, before the Constitution demands that they take the law into their own hands. Obviously, I'm just posing the question. I'm not suggesting any type of revolutionary tactics or changes.
Maybe, the answer is we must just sit and learn to deal with the corruption. Either way, the article would certainly merit consideration from the panels of experts who hand out distinguished writings awards every now and again.
Mike:

You advance some interesting dialogue.

I was young and not very street smart when I proudly wore the uniform of the US Army. This was an experience I would not trade for anything and I jumped from a mind set of a 20 year old to mature 30 in less than a few years in the army.

I was not directly in harms way in a recognized combat zone. But where I serviced my deployment the country was infested with terrorism threats and a few acts of terrorism. My buddies and I were at risk at times.

I like to think we risked ours life to preserve freedom and integrity on the home front. But as I earned by street PhD from years of experiences, I learned that I was living in a fantasy world where vertical corruption at all levels and branches of the government are more common than uncommon. My eyes were wide shut to the extent of corruption for years, but not today.

It seems like every week some elected official or government official is being indicted for some nefarious behavior.

The military soldiers take the risks and make the sacrifices and defend democracy and the "corruptors" seem to illegally reap the gold back home with impunity.
Jimmy

Homestead, PA

#511 Apr 7, 2014
mike has been chasing ghosts and demons for 40 years. it all started about his kid getting shot and went downhill from there. he's a bitter old man that has a hard on for the Z family. get a life mike !
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#512 Apr 7, 2014
My Wake Up Call wrote:
<quoted text>
Mike:
You advance some interesting dialogue.
I was young and not very street smart when I proudly wore the uniform of the US Army. This was an experience I would not trade for anything and I jumped from a mind set of a 20 year old to mature 30 in less than a few years in the army.
I was not directly in harms way in a recognized combat zone. But where I serviced my deployment the country was infested with terrorism threats and a few acts of terrorism. My buddies and I were at risk at times.
I like to think we risked ours life to preserve freedom and integrity on the home front. But as I earned by street PhD from years of experiences, I learned that I was living in a fantasy world where vertical corruption at all levels and branches of the government are more common than uncommon. My eyes were wide shut to the extent of corruption for years, but not today.
It seems like every week some elected official or government official is being indicted for some nefarious behavior.
The military soldiers take the risks and make the sacrifices and defend democracy and the "corruptors" seem to illegally reap the gold back home with impunity.
I've always expressed sadness for the brave men and women who put on the uniform of any of the armed services. Too many risk their lives and sacrifice so much and come home to a country filled with corruption.

The tomb of the unknown soldier is one of the most remarkable places to visit in Washington DC. To watch the soldiers march back in forth in such dedication to soldiers they have never met. How can so many elected officials turn their back on this country.

You are 100% right the soldiers take the risks, make the sacrifices and come back home many times homeless, or without a job. But our elected officials will collect multiple pensions, multiple kickbacks from all the scams they are working on,. etc.
Philadelphia Phix

Mckeesport, PA

#514 Apr 10, 2014
Only time will tell is this infectious cure for corruption might covertly surface as a classic Mob Valley Phix.?
Justice on Trial

Mckeesport, PA

#515 Apr 11, 2014
It seemed like our beloved AG is under a exceptionally amount of public and new media scrutiny.

The judge approved release of unsealed sting records. The Tribune Review requested release of these previously sealed records.

An aggressive and knowledgeable citizen with a law degree but does not practice law initiated a criminal complaint against 3 of the 4 suspected legislators in Philadelphia. A law expert proclaimed this was a unusual technique but could be a very effect legal maneuver seldom used.

If he prevails, I sure hope he does, one may look at this as a citizen with his own knowledge and expense was forced to enforce the law because for reasons not yet accepted, the AG dropped the case.

Why does the Commonwealth need an AG when a citizen at his own expense is forced to prosecute because the AG neglects to do such?

Will the AG attempt to redeem her self?

I hope and pray that the AG has a better judgment on prosecuting the 16 indicted culprits in WPA for gambling, etc. May be she will over react and go for cage time for all those accused of felonies.

I believe that eyes of the Commonwealth and the national news media are on this like flies on stink.

In the Commonwealth, I believe that Justice is on Trial.
Ben Frankly

Pittsburgh, PA

#516 Apr 11, 2014
I find Ali the informant to be a more honorable person that PA AG Kane.
Sally had a party

Homestead, PA

#517 Apr 11, 2014
AG will walk away from the sinister 16 indictments with egg on her face.

She might hook the Porkster , but the rest get fined, probation, and then the IRS will move in, that's where the pressure will come from.
Justice on Trial

Mckeesport, PA

#518 Apr 12, 2014
Sally had a party wrote:
AG will walk away from the sinister 16 indictments with egg on her face.
She might hook the Porkster , but the rest get fined, probation, and then the IRS will move in, that's where the pressure will come from.
Excellent theory that you project. I think that Red could be grouped in with the Porkster but it might be the feds that seek justice with him.

I would like to add a little more to IRS spearheading the federal side. How about the FBI, DEA, ATF, and someone springing the dreaded RICO act, The feds, if anyone is found guilty, could confiscate all their ill gotten toys and bank accounts.

I think that Justice is on Trial with this one and all the collateral corruptions, e.g., the intercepted conversion with Gergely, etc..

The key event to watch is if one or more of the those convicted of felonies get that charge dropped. This means they will be a cooperating witness for the prosecution. I am 90% sure this could happen to save their butt and cage time.

As soon as one or more have the felonies expunged, there could be some unidentified culprits streaming tears down both legs.

The big issue is that Justice is on Trial foremost and then the 16 indicated culprits. If justice prevails then at least two should be caged.

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