Westchester DA: Officers brought down $2 million-a-week operation

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Some of the New York metropolitan area's biggest Internet sports gamblers weren't able to place their bets Monday because officers arrested 18 operators and bookies and dismantled a $2 million-a-week operation.

The bets - on professional and college sports, with a $100,000 limit - had been funneled by computer to a ''wire room'' in Costa Rica, said Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

DiFiore held a news conference behind a display of guns, drugs, computers, printers, and nearly $1 million in cash, all confiscated from the suspects.

There was even a small pile of the suspects' gold and silver watches, taken by police on the grounds they had been bought with illegal betting profits.

Arrests were made in Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester, along with Essex and Somerset counties in New Jersey, DiFiore said.

Among those arrested was Adam Green, 34, of Manhattan, identified as the creator of the enterprise and many of its Internet sites and domain names; and Anthony Giovaniello, 37, of Hawthorne, N.Y., who allegedly led the Westchester operation. Both were charged with enterprise corruption.

Sixteen others were also charged, all but two with enterprise corruption; one was accused of promoting gambling and one was charged with weapon possession.

The investigation began in October with information obtained by the police in Harrison, of Westchester County, said Harrison police chief David Hall.

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