NJ Man Pleads Guilty in Mob Gambling Ring

The case was part of a May 2010 indictment against 34 alleged members

Friday, Oct 14, 2011  |  Updated 6:52 PM EDT
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NJ Man Pleads Guilty in Mob Gambling Ring

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Prosecutors say the Luccheses ran a gambling enterprise that handled billions of dollars in illegal sports betting over the internet.

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A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to promoting gambling in a ring that prosecutors say is controlled by the Lucchese crime family.

Michael Maffucci of Cedar Grove entered his plea Friday in Morris County superior court.

The 25-year-old faces a three- to five-year sentence and must cooperate in the wider, ongoing prosecution.

Prosecutors say the Luccheses ran a gambling enterprise that handled billions of dollars in illegal sports betting over the internet.

Maffucci's case was part of a May 2010 indictment against 34 alleged members and associates of the New York-based crime family, including two high ranking leaders.

The indictments say members engaged in extortion, drug dealing, money laundering, weapons possession, theft and bribery of public officials, among other alleged offenses.

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