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

There are 1071 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.
Learn From Mistakes

Mckeesport, PA

#494 Apr 4, 2014
Informer wrote:
I seen in the Daily Snooze ( front page ) that Porky and his scum cohorts get yet another delay in their court appearance. Probably the Judge handling the cases and along with the corrupt DA in Allegheny County will have payoff figures and political favors to spring these scum crooks out of the AG Kane's grasp.
More delays might be a bad thing for the DA, means backdoor deals aren't quite worked out yet as money has to be distributed among the thieves that run the Mon Valley..The fix is in and packets of money have to be counted out ...
You are clueless. The US Attorney, DA, IRS, ATF, DEA, MPD, County Police, and FBI are not overtly in the equation.

It is solely a AG and PA State Police thing, fling, and sting.

IMO I agree with you that they will all walk because the AG may have compromised the integrity of her office by letting the 5 "nailed" Philadelphia state elected officials walk after being caught red handed taking bribes.

How the AG decided to react to this dubious behavior will determine if the 16 walk?
Informer

Homestead, PA

#495 Apr 4, 2014
It is what it is wrote:
<quoted text>
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

#502 Apr 5, 2014
I wonder what the going rate is for a corrupt mayor, district magistrate, police chief, etc.

Now that the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist group has neutralized AG Kane, i guess it really doesn't matter.

The Progress (Clearfield, Pennsylvania)
June 19, 1975

14 Indicted in Numbers Ring

Pittsburgh (AP)---

Seven former or current public figures in the Monongahela Valley have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of being the paid protectors of a $3 million-a-year gambling ring.
Seven alleged racketeers, including reputed organized crime boss John Bazzano Jr., were also indicted Wednesday on charges of operating the numbers ring.
Those indicted for protecting the betting operation from 1970 through 1974 and amounts they were alleged to have taken are:
--- Former Clairton Mayor John Matz, 38, now an auto salesman,$1,500 a month;
--- Former Clairton Police Chief David Guffey, 35, now a city Patrolman,$150 a month;
--- District Magistrate J. Regis Ward, 44,$100 a month;
---Former City Magistrate and Police Chief Peter Orsini, now a constable in Clairton's second ward,$200 a month;
---Constable George Hines, 74,$100 a month;
---Clairton Councilman and former Constable Dominic Serapiglia, 39,$100 a month,
---And Elizabeth Police Chief Thomas Pljak, 58,$100 a month.
---Bazzano, 44, was indicted as head of the gambling ring. He is alleged to control numbers in McKeesport, Glassport, Elizabeth and Clairton and is the son of John Bazzano, a major rackets boss in western Pennsylvania assassinated in 1932.
Als accused as operators were;
--- Jseph C DeMarco, 50, f Brookline, the manager of the Curt Lung in Pittsburgh;
--- Joseph Yimin, 44, Beechview, a truck driver;
---Charles Kellington, 29, Brookline, a doorman;
---Attilio Policastro, 51, Clairton, a salesman;
--- Primo V. Mollica, 39, Glassport, unemployed;
--- Frank Dattilo, 53, Brookline, a truck driver.

All but Dattilo were arrested by FBI agents Wednesday and charged before a district magistrate and released on their own recognizance.
Bazzano and his operatives had been charged with gambling corruption offenses in February, but the officials they allegedly paid off were not named. Wednesday's indictment includes these earlier charges.
Bazzano and his associates each face 85 years in prison and $230,000 in fines if convicted on all counts. The officials face maximum penalties of 50 years in prison and $90,000 in fines if convicted.
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.
Sgt Friday

Mckeesport, PA

#505 Apr 5, 2014
Mike:

Great historical post #502. Thanks.

Do you recall if any of them got cage time?

Would you know why it was reported by an out of town newspaper?

Thanks.
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#506 Apr 6, 2014
Sgt Friday wrote:
Mike:
Great historical post #502. Thanks.
Do you recall if any of them got cage time?
Would you know why it was reported by an out of town newspaper?
Thanks.
Most of them did time. There was a whistleblower from Glassport who was spared and I think Dominic S was spared as well. Of course he would go on to be the mayor of Clairton for over 25 years, if not 30.

Keep in mind the the teamsters 1058 represented workers at the old Pittsburgh Press and the Pittsburgh Piss-Gazette.(Reporters from the Piss-Gazette are not permitted to talk to me or answer my emails. One of the hot shot editors has forbidden these evil practices. Anyway, the mob can shut them down anytime they want. The Piss-Gazette can't even prevent the gambling or loan-sharking that allegedly goes on. Obviously, the Piss-Gazette doesn't want to lose any political advertising, casino ads from the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group, UPMC ads, and of course any ads from Catholic businesses or professionals. To get the truth you need to refer to my blog and make your own decision as to was is the truth, Keep in mind I make no money for all of my research and writing. I do it because it's the right thing to do. And maybe, just maybe, we'll get enough FBI agents who don;t have their hands stuffed in the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Groups pockets.

For more on the earlier post refer to my blog at this site. Keep in mind that PA government is corrupt at all levels. Even the foundations are stacked with nit wits who are more concerned about preserving the status quo, no matter how corrupt it is.

http://mikeference.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-d...
Sgt Friday

Mckeesport, PA

#507 Apr 6, 2014
Mike Ference wrote:
<quoted text>
Most of them did time. There was a whistleblower from Glassport who was spared and I think Dominic S was spared as well. Of course he would go on to be the mayor of Clairton for over 25 years, if not 30.
Keep in mind the the teamsters 1058 represented workers at the old Pittsburgh Press and the Pittsburgh Piss-Gazette.(Reporters from the Piss-Gazette are not permitted to talk to me or answer my emails. One of the hot shot editors has forbidden these evil practices. Anyway, the mob can shut them down anytime they want. The Piss-Gazette can't even prevent the gambling or loan-sharking that allegedly goes on. Obviously, the Piss-Gazette doesn't want to lose any political advertising, casino ads from the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group, UPMC ads, and of course any ads from Catholic businesses or professionals. To get the truth you need to refer to my blog and make your own decision as to was is the truth, Keep in mind I make no money for all of my research and writing. I do it because it's the right thing to do. And maybe, just maybe, we'll get enough FBI agents who don;t have their hands stuffed in the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Groups pockets.
For more on the earlier post refer to my blog at this site. Keep in mind that PA government is corrupt at all levels. Even the foundations are stacked with nit wits who are more concerned about preserving the status quo, no matter how corrupt it is.
http://mikeference.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-d...
Mike:

Excellent post #502 synopsis;

I agree with you that there is rampant and disturbing vertical corruption in all three branches of local, county, state, and federal governments.

This will soon manifest itself again when the “system” lets the Porkster, Carr, Red, Holtzman, and Gergely fade slowly into the background of pure and unadulterated innocence.

Over $1 million in unreported income and the IRS is silent or OK with tax evasion!

One culprit has not filed federal income taxes for years and the IRS is silent or OK with this.

Over 50 counts of organized criminal activities and the feds are silent or OK with this RICO act violation.

You said it Mike, I just provided some plausible evidence.
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.

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