seventeen arrested in RI in Internet gambling ring bust

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 5:17 AM

State Police Superintendent Steven O'Donnell said the arrests were the result of an eight-month investigation by state, federal and local officials.

seventeen arrested in RI in Internet gambling ring bust

Seventeen people, including some notable athletes with professional experience, have been arrested in connection with an online gambling ring, RI State Police announced Tuesday.

State Police Superintendent Steven O'Donnell said the arrests were the result of an eight-month investigation by state, federal and local officials.

The men were arrested during Tuesday morning in Cranston, Warwick, Scituate, N Providence, Narragansett and S Kingstown. They're facing charges including bookmaking, organized criminal gambling and drug offenses.

The Providence Journal reports that a no of notable athletes from RI are among the suspects.

Chris Costantino, twenty-four, of Warwick, was a pitcher drafted by the Boston Ruddy Sox in two thousand-ninth and Sean Furney, also twenty-four and from Warwick, signed as a free agent with the AZ Diamondbacks in two thousand-thirteenth. Both face organized criminal gambling and conspiracy charges.

Timothy Moretti, a 46-year-old from Cranston, is one of the alleged ringleaders for the gambling operation, which authorities have so distant declined to title or discuss in detail, according to WPRI-TV.

The Journal reports Moretti is a known mob associate and former prison guard with a lengthy criminal history including drug and illegal gambling charges. He faces bookmaking, organized criminal gambling, conspiracy and probation violation charges.

A spokeswoman for RI Attorney Common Peter Kilmartin'south office confirmed all seventeen suspects were arraigned in district Ct Tuesday afternoon but couldn't immediately allow details. Police declare the investigation is ongoing.

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