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7 From Rockland Indicted on Gambling Charges

31 March 2004

ROCKLAND – As reported by the Journal News: ``A federal indictment yesterday brought gambling, loan-sharking and other charges against seven Rockland residents as part of a larger investigation into racketeering and organized crime.

``The indictments centered on organized crime's moneymaking operations such as gambling, money laundering, extorting money from businesses, and fraud, federal and county prosecutors said.

``The four-year investigation centered on a multimillion-dollar yearly gambling operation headed by Frank McGuire of Ramapo and a parallel probe into a racketeering enterprise overseen by top-ranking members of the Colombo crime family in New York City, prosecutors said.

``…In all, 31 people were included in the two indictments.

``…`Illegal gambling is the lifeblood of organized crime and money raised through illegal gambling fuels other criminal activities,' Rockland District Attorney Michael Bongiorno said…"

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