State police arrested seven area men Tuesday, accusing them of running gambling operations in the Fulton and Montgomery counties area.
The arrests follow a Jan. 7 raid led by the state police Special Investigations Unit, which conducted a four-month investigation using telephone eavesdropping.
During the raid at eight locations, state police said they seized cash, gambling records and four vehicles.
It is alleged the vehicles were used in promoting gambling, a state police release said.
Fulton County District Attorney Louise K. Sira said more than $50,000 was seized from the eight locations.
Sira said the men were connected in a network in which bets were taken from clients and then often passed along. “A lot of money was exchanged,” she said.
Sira declined comment when asked if there are any ties with organized crime.
Sira said it is too early to discuss the penalties she will seek, but said the E felony counts are punishable by prison terms up to 1 1⁄3 to 4 years.
Sira called the investigation “very involved.”
John N. Liggero Jr., 72, of West State Streeet, Gloversville, was only charged with one count of first-degree possession of gambling records.
The remaining men were each charged with at least one count of first-degree promoting gambling, one count of first-degree possession of gambling records, both felonies, and one count of misdemeanor conspiracy.
Those remaining arrests were:
Anthony M. Sena Jr., 45, of Easterly Street, Gloversville;
Joseph R. Crocetta, 67, of East Boulevard, Gloversville;
Scott W. Lee, 42, East State Street, Gloversville;
Arnold Simonson, 60, of Walnut Street, Gloversville;
David R. Noble, 65, of North Street, Broadalbin;
John A. Iannotti, 50, of Erie Terrace, Amsterdam.
The defendants were issued appearance tickets.
The Jan. 7 raid, supported by uniformed state troopers and members of the Gloversville and Amsterdam police departments, was scheduled to coincide with heavy gambling during the NFL playoffs and the college national championship game.
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