Six people, including a father, a son and a brother and sister, have been indicted on charges of operating an illegal gambling racket across three counties that took in roughly $1 million in bets.
Saul Montalvo, 44, of Ozone Park, his sister Veronica Montalvo, 40, of Brooklyn Juan Arias, 41, of the Bronx, Benny Maldonado, 60, of Ridgewood; and Rosa Rincon, 56, of Woodhaven, were arraigned in Queens County Supreme Court Sept. 19 on an indictment variously charging them with enterprise corruption, first-degree promoting gambling and first-degree possession of gambling records. Saul Montalvo’s son, Daniel, who lives in Corona, is being sought on the same charges.
According to Queens DA Richard Brown, the NYPD’s Queens Narcotics Division and Brown’s Narcotics Investigation Bureau commenced a long-term investigation in February of an illegal gambling ring allegedly being run by Saul Montalvo and his partner, Arias, which according to the criminal charges, operated a central wire room at 593 Sutter Ave., in East New York, Brooklyn, run by Veronica Montalvo and others.
It is alleged that the wire room maintained a number of fax machines that received betting slips from more than 30 betting parlors scattered throughout Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau County. A second wire room allegedly was operated by Rincon from a house in Woodhaven. Daniel Montalvo and Benny Maldonando are alleged to have been primarily tasked with collecting and distributing money to the betting parlors.
Court-authorized search warrants were executed at 12 locations, including defendant Saul Montalvo’s Ozone Park residence, the two wire rooms and various betting parlors in Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island, and 19 other individuals were arrested on various charges. Among the items the police allegedly recovered were more than $120,000 in cash, gambling records, fax machines, hundreds of narcotics pills and various weapons.
If convicted, each defendants faces up to 25 years in prison.