Gambino crime family captain Ronald Trucchio, and his son, Alphonse Trucchio, a reputed Gambino soldier, have pled guilty to taking part in an illicit $30-million-a-year gambling enterprise.
The Trucchios will be sentenced to prison. Six additional defendants who were expected to plead guilty and eight other defendants, who previously pled guilty, expect to receive sentences ranging from six months in jail to three years in prison.
“The defendants were charged with operating an illegal sports betting ring that our investigation determined was accepting over $600,000 a week in illegal wagers on college and professional basketball and football and professional baseball and hockey and handling over $30 million a year in gambling action. The proceeds of illegal gambling are used by organized crime to fund its other criminal activities including auto insurance fraud, labor racketeering and prostitution. The defendants played the odds that they could evade detection but they lost their gamble and now they will be sent to prison,” District Attorney Richard Brown said.
The defendants were arrested in December 2002 by detectives assigned to the New York City Police Department’s Organized Crime Investigation Division and Asset Forfeiture Unit.
Alphonse Trucchio pled guilty on Monday to enterprise corruption and Ronald Trucchio pled guilty to attempted enterprise corruption, a violation of New York State’s Organized Crime Control Act.
The Trucchios entered guilty pleas before Queens Supreme Court Judge Richard Buchter who indicated that on July 21st he would sentence Ronald Trucchio to a term of one to three years in prison and Alphonse Trucchio to a term of one and one-half to four and one-half years in prison.
Alphonse Trucchio admitted that he was the bookmaker who ran the criminal enterprise and Ronald Trucchio admitted that he discussed the gambling operation with his son.
According to the district attorney, Ronald Trucchio, 51, of 135-43 120th Street in South Ozone Park, was the operation’s leader with ultimate control over the criminal enterprise and his son, Alphonse Trucchio, 25, of 156-04 79th Street in Howard Beach was the operation’s bookmaker and head of operation’s who oversaw all aspects of the operation and supervised the operation’s controller, Anthony Moscatiello, 32, of 106-65 97th Street in Ozone Park, who conducted the operation’s day-to-day business, maintained bettors’ account information and provided that information to Alphonse Trucchio.
Defendant Moscatiello is expected to enter a plea of guilty to enterprise corruption and the court has indicated that he will be sentenced to a term of one to three years in prison.
Defendants Eugene Gallo, Richard Detke and Thomas Occhipinti, according to District Attorney Brown, were “runners” in the operation who provided bettors with telephone numbers and access codes for the operation’s two wirerooms and who met weekly with bettors to settle their accounts.
Defendants Francis Roccaforte, Anthony Russo, Carmine Cascone and Michael Grillo, according to D.A. Brown, were clerks in the operation who answered phones at the wirerooms, recorded wagers called in by bettors and recorded those wagers on tally sheets for Moscatiello who then transcribed the wagers onto a controller sheet.
The Trucchio organization operated two separate wirerooms in a third-floor apartment at 89-07 North Conduit Avenue and in the basement of an attached, one-family house at 149-29 122nd Street, both in Ozone Park.