Two Rotterdam men arrested in a January state police gambling raid were sentenced this morning to probation.
Gary DiCocco, 51, of 1 Iroquois Drive, Rotterdam Junction, and Ronald Siegel, 63, of 1045 Outer Drive, Rotterdam, pleaded guilty earlier to first-degree promoting gambling.
They were sentenced this morning to five years of probation.
The two men were arrested after a three-month investigation conducted by the state police Special Investigations Unit and the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office.
Troopers executed search warrants at the DiCocco and Siegel homes in December, seizing gambling records, a vehicle and more than $21,000 in cash.
Prosecutor Jennifer Assini told Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago that investigators listened in through wire taps on the operation for three months, tallying an estimated $250,000 in bets. She noted that figure was the total bet, not profits.
DiCocco was accused of running the operation, meeting with bettors to exchange money, while Siegel was essentially an employee, taking the bets over the phone, Assini said later.
The operation is believed to have been going for several years, taking bets on sports. As investigators listened in, it was football season with bets coming in on professional and college games.
The number of bettors varied between 10 at any given time, with bets ranging from $20 to $1,000.
As part of his plea bargain, DiCocco agreed to hand over another $10,000, and Siegel, $2,000.
DiCocco was also ordered to forfeit a 2008 Chevy Silverado.
DiCocco brought a personal check with him to court this morning, but Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago they only accepted bank checks. She gave him until this afternoon to get the new check.
Siegel is to pay his debt over time. Siegel’s attorney, Steve Kouray, also noted that the IRS has been looking into Siegel’s finances.
DiCocco also asked for a certificate relieving him of some of the detriments of a felony conviction, including losing the ability to vote.
Drago said she wanted to see how he did on probation before considering such a request.
“Based on everything I’ve read, Mr. DiCocco, I don’t think you will have a problem abiding by the terms and conditions of probation,” Drago said. “But I want to see how you do.”
DiCocco also held a pistol permit since 1979. That permit was revoked.