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

There are 20 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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mike ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#584 Apr 26, 2014
Funny that the Pittsburgh Pis-Gazette doesn't report that the private detention centers are owned by Gregory Zappala. Another interesting note is that Sandy Fonzo's son (woman mentioned in the above article) committed suicide on June 1, 2010. That's the same date the US Bishop's Conference elevated DA Stephen Zappala JR. to the national board that oversees clergy sex abuse cases.

His old man, the former PA Supreme Court Chief Justice sits on Zubik's diocesan review board that oversees clergy sex abuse cases. Just another level of Synchronized Crime and another way for the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group to make some nice cash.

Kids for Cash, those Sicilian scumbags will do anything for money.

muff diver

West Mifflin, PA

#585 Apr 26, 2014
my sister does "kisses for cash' last night a guy tried to kiss her and she crossed her legs and broke his glasses.
John

Allentown, PA

#586 Apr 26, 2014
I didn't check local papers but they carried the whole scheme here as it unfolded . Miricle was as much a scumbag as Ciaverelli and Conahan . The sentence should have been longer for what they did .
Legal Squeeze Is On

Mckeesport, PA

#587 Apr 26, 2014
muff diver wrote:
my sister does "kisses for cash' last night a guy tried to kiss her and she crossed her legs and broke his glasses.
Does she carry crabs or liability insurance? Or, both?

Her squeezing gymnastics may result in a legal squeeze on her.
mike ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#588 Apr 27, 2014
John wrote:
I didn't check local papers but they carried the whole scheme here as it unfolded . Miricle was as much a scumbag as Ciaverelli and Conahan . The sentence should have been longer for what they did .
Mericle built the two privately owned juvenile detention centers owned by Gregory Zappala. It makes more sense that Mericle was fully aware of how the scheme was going to work from the onset. In addition, the judge ordered another juvenile facility closed which forced even more, if not all of the kids to the Zappala-owned private juvenile detention centers.

Although no one is permitted to write that Zappala was the owner from the very beginning. Even Wikipedia is not permitted to use the Zappala name.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kids_for_cash_sc...
mike ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#589 Apr 27, 2014
Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering in Central Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania law defines organized crime as one or more persons engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity.“Racketeering” is broadly defined, but it can include any of the following acts: homicide, terroristic threats, kidnapping, human trafficking, arson, criminal mischief, property destruction, robbery, theft, bribery and corrupt influence, commercial bribery, rigging publicly exhibited contests, insurance fraud, falsification and intimidation, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, lottery-related offenses, gambling-related offenses, bookmaking, public indecency, sale or dispensing of illegal drugs, conspiracy to commit any of these acts, or loan sharking. A “pattern of racketeering activity” is conduct that includes any two or more of these crimes.

Corrupt Organizations: What Is Illegal Under Pennsylvania Law

Committing any of the acts that constitute racketeering is a serious crime in itself. But Pennsylvania law adds substantial new penalties when the racketeering activity involves the corruption of a business enterprise. Under the corrupt organizations statute, it is illegal to acquire or maintain interest in or control of any business enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity. It is also illegal to invest in a business enterprise using proceeds from a pattern of racketeering activity, except under limited circumstances. It is illegal for a person employed by or associated with a business enterprise to conduct or participate in the business’s affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity. And it is illegal, finally, to conspire to commit any of these crimes. Conspiracy charges do not require that a defendant know the identity of all participants in the conspiracy or that he know everything the other parties are doing — only that he agree with at least one other person that they will commit, attempt or solicit acts that violate the Corrupt Organizations Act, and that at least one of the conspirators commit an overt act in furtherance of that crime.

Corrupt Organizations: Penalties in Central Pennsylvania

Conviction under Pennsylvania’s corrupt organizations statute is a first-degree felony. It carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. A first offense comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of nine to 16 months in jail; a second offense comes with at least one year; and minimum sentences increase from there. But it is important to remember that charges under the Corrupt Organizations Act are rarely if ever filed alone. If you are charged with this crime, you will almost certainly face additional charges for the underlying racketeering activity. For example, if you were charged with one count of bookmaking, one count of running an illegal gambling operation and one count of corrupt organizations, you could face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison: 20 years for the first-degree felony of corrupt organizations plus five years each for the first-degree misdemeanors of bookmaking and illegal gambling.
Marc G

West Mifflin, PA

#590 Apr 27, 2014
But if all felonies are dropped then you get probation........gotta love the system !
The judges are paid off and life goes on.....then get re-elected again .HAAAAAAAA!
DeWeese - Veon and Orie

Mckeesport, PA

#591 Apr 27, 2014
We can not understand why our defense lawyers did NOT think of playing the pay off cards. We had the green all they had to do was ask for it. We had it in our campaign treasury chest. We could have masked it as big contributions to their political war chests which is legal and kosher.

It seemed to work for the MDC connected criminals. And most likely will work for the remaining eleven especially those charged with felonies.
Come to Mob Valley

Mckeesport, PA

#592 Apr 28, 2014
He would get one hour probation in the Mob Valley court of justice.

This Congressman Is In Federal Custody After Being Indicted

Rep. Michael Grimm is in federal custody as the New York Republican awaits his indictment on federal criminal charges.

Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, unveiled a grand jury indictment against Grimm Monday. The allegations - Grimm will face well over a dozen charges - include mail and wire fraud, filing false tax returns and health care payments, hiring undocumented workers and obstruction of justice.

Grimm, 44, who has represented Staten Island and a portion of southern Brooklyn since 2011, turned himself in to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

For the past two years, Grimm's campaign finance practices, travel and business dealings have been under investigation.

The criminal charges come as Grimm, who holds the only Republican congressional seat in New York City, is fighting for re-election. The race has attracted the interest of national Democrats, who believe they can use Grimm's troubles to seize the seat and have targeted the race for a blitz of heavy spending.

Grimm's Democratic challenger, former city Councilman Domenic Recchia, has used the cloud of scrutiny surrounding Grimm to question whether the congressman is fit for office.

Democrats have also raised concerns about Grimm's temper; in January, he was caught on camera threatening a reporter in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., after the reporter asked him a question about the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into his 2010 campaign. Grimm later apologized.

Grimm's political future now look grim.
Bruce

West Mifflin, PA

#593 Apr 28, 2014
my sister was very moist this morning after she woke up from a dream that she was riding this guys love rod for an hour.
Marc G

West Mifflin, PA

#594 Apr 29, 2014
State legislators consider restrictions on cash gifts !!!!!!!!!!

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2014/0...
mike ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#595 May 1, 2014
Sadly, when I combine the Zappala Crime Family and Terrorist Group together, I'm right.

Guess that makes Brewster and the Washowichs terrorists aswell.

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/04/...
Never in the Port

Mckeesport, PA

#596 May 5, 2014
Nine charged in Blair County street-level sweep



HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced charges against nine suspected drug dealers following a street-level sweep in Blair County.

The charges are the culmination of a year-long cooperative investigation between the Office of Attorney General, the Blair County District Attorney's Office and the Altoona Police Department into the distribution of heroin and prescription narcotics in Altoona.

Over the course of the investigation agents made a series of undercover and controlled purchases in and around Altoona. While the investigation targeted street-level dealers and users, the information gathered - including sources of supply - will be used to target mid- to upper-level drug dealers by the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI) agents and drug prosecutors.

Law enforcement was assisted in its undercover work by information forwarded from Blair County's Push Out the Pusher Hotline (1-866-693-3020). The Blair County Drug Task Force, which receives its funding from the Office of Attorney General, was established to conduct street-level investigations.

Attorney General Kane thanked the businesses and community leaders involved with Operation Our Town, a nonprofit formed by local business leaders to take back local neighborhoods and rid them of drugs and drug-related crime. She also thanked Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio, the Blair County Sheriff's Office and the Altoona Police Department for their participation in the investigation.

The defendants will be prosecuted by Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio's Office.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
Mike C

West Mifflin, PA

#597 May 5, 2014
drug charges stick gambling felonies don't....
more to come
Law Corruption Everywhere

Mckeesport, PA

#598 May 6, 2014
Not only in the Commonwealth, the law enforcement agencies seem to always to be exempt from the law that they take an oath to enforce.

Who polices the police??? The fix is in on this one. The FBI should be interviewing the Sheriff on this one about one of his officers falsifying a report. Why is the Deputy Sheriff above he law?

Victim Arrested After Sheriff's Deputy Crashes Into Her
County took months to clear her name
Posted: May 05, 2014


A woman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was arrested for drunk driving after being T-boned by a police officer. The only problem? She was sober and not at fault for the accident.

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Quiles hit Tanya Weyker's car while on patrol around General Mitchell International Airport on February 20th, 2013, KTLA reported. The crash broke her neck in four places, leaving her unable to blow into a Breathalyzer or take a field sobriety test.

Deputy Quiles said in the accident report that he made a full stop at the stop signed and looked each way before proceeding and did not see Weyker's headlights, but security cameras caught Deputy Quiles rolling through the stop sign before hitting Weyker's Camry. Deputy Quiles also said he smelled alcohol on Weyker's breath and that her eyes were red and glassy.

"I explained to him my eyes were red and glassy because I was crying," Weyker told KTLA.

She was placed under arrest for drunk driving while in traction at the hospital, though there was no evidence alcohol was a factor. The county threatened Weyker with prosecution if she didn't pay for damages in the crash, even though the Sheriff Department knew Deputy Quiles was at fault two days afterward. Five months later, blood tests show she was sober at the crash, but it took another five months for prosecutors to drop the charges against her. She's still waiting for the county to help with her medical bills, which may reach $1 million. Weyker also filed a complaint against the deputy that arrested her, WTKR reports.

As for Deputy Quiles, he was suspended for nine days for breaking a traffic law, but was never punished for his incorrect statements in the incident report. He has not worked in the year proceeding the accident, has exhausted his injury pay, and has his retirement application up for review, despite being released from the hospital after the crash after treatment for minor injuries.
Education at work

West Mifflin, PA

#599 May 6, 2014
Darwin award:

A cop in pursuit of a man weaving back and forth on the highway. The driver pulls over after hearing sirens and seeing red lights flashing.

The cop approaches the car and ask the man if he was drinking.
The man replied "No officer" !........Cop ask him for owners card, insurance card and drivers license. The man says, "Sure, hold my beer while I reach for my wallet" !

In other news:

When his .38 caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.
Candy Kane

West Mifflin, PA

#600 May 6, 2014
HARRISBURG -- Democrats this morning walked out of a House hearing on a resolution to impeach Attorney General Kathleen Kane after the committee chairman ordered a Democratic member removed by security.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, chairman of the state House Government Committee, had convened the hearing on his proposal to impeach the attorney general, a Democrat. At issue are her refusal to defend the state ban on same-sex marriage and her decision to not bring charges against Democratic state representatives who the Philadelphia Inquirer reported accepted money from an undercover operative.

Read more here:

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2014...
Fix in the Mix

Mckeesport, PA

#601 May 6, 2014
Candy Kane wrote:
HARRISBURG -- Democrats this morning walked out of a House hearing on a resolution to impeach Attorney General Kathleen Kane after the committee chairman ordered a Democratic member removed by security.
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, chairman of the state House Government Committee, had convened the hearing on his proposal to impeach the attorney general, a Democrat. At issue are her refusal to defend the state ban on same-sex marriage and her decision to not bring charges against Democratic state representatives who the Philadelphia Inquirer reported accepted money from an undercover operative.
Read more here:
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2014...
The fix is in by the Democrats. Why not force the full house and senate to vote their opinion on the matter so the public can vote them out if they support her cover ups.
Himarcy

West Mifflin, PA

#602 May 6, 2014
So, if Kane can let some politicians off for excepting gifts, why cant Kane drop all charges for Porky giving gifts to politicians here?
Seems like the law should apply to these gambling charges.......you cant let crooks go in Harrisburg and convict the 16 indicted ,now can you? Two sets of laws for Kane?
More to come!
Watch for Revitialization

Mckeesport, PA

#603 May 6, 2014
Himarcy wrote:
So, if Kane can let some politicians off for excepting gifts, why cant Kane drop all charges for Porky giving gifts to politicians here?
Seems like the law should apply to these gambling charges.......you cant let crooks go in Harrisburg and convict the 16 indicted ,now can you? Two sets of laws for Kane?
More to come!
Why are you only including the Porkster only? Now do not tell me he owns the AG's office too!

If you want to include equal treatment for the 16 Mob Valley indictments, I believe that anyone indicted by the AG in the Commonwealth should have the privilege and right of Philadelphia's Kane brewed exonerations.

However, there is always the possibility of the unexpected over zealous backlash. The AG could over compensate for her foolish and stupid excuse Philadelphia actions.

IMO opinion AG Kane will come down hard on the Mob Valley criminals. AG Kane may have been very public opinion wrong with the Philadelphia thing, BUT NEVER FORGET SHE IS THE MOST POWERFUL FEMALE IN THE STATE AS AG KATHLEEN KANE.

Any indicted or grand jury investigated person of interest could have their comfort zone and net worth vanquished in a eye wink by her legal responsibility to enforce the law.

IMO the Mob Valley 11 indicted criminals and those being looked at by the 37th grand jury should not plan any out of state trips in the near future. Kathy will snap back with vigor and swiftness.

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