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Suspended corrections officer avoids jail in gambling sentence

Suspended corrections officer avoids jail in gambling sentence

Suspended county corrections officer Timothy Robillard will escape jail time for admitting his role

Suspended county corrections officer Timothy Robillard will escape jail time for admitting his role in a gambling ring provided he can stay out of trouble.

The 44-year-old Clifton Park man was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge before Judge Joseph Teresi in state Supreme Court of Albany County Tuesday. Robillard was also ordered to forfeit $25,000 in illegal gambling profits he netted through the ring.

In February, Robillard pleaded guilty to one felony count of promoting gambling, admitting that he worked with others in 2011 to engage in and profit from the illegal ring. He and fellow corrections officer James Cerniglia were initially charged with felony enterprise corruption following their arrest in 2013.

Cerniglia, 47, of Clifton Park, agree to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of promoting gambling last summer in exchange for a one-year conditional discharge and the forfeiture of $5,000 in illegal earnings.

Two others were sentenced in August 2013 in connection with the gambling ring: Christopher Socola, 42, of Clifton Park and Joseph Carucci, 68, of Albany. Each agreed to similar no-jail-time sentences. Carucci also forfeited $15,000 in illegal earnings. Craig Hayner, 42, of Clifton Park pleaded guilty in July 2013 to one count of first-degree promoting gambling. Hayner admitted to engaging in a bookmaking-for-profit scheme and agreed to forfeit $250,000 in illegal earnings.

At the time of the arrests, authorities believed the Albany County operation was related to a larger gambling ring run by Phillip Gurian, a Florida man with alleged ties to organized crime. He was accused in federal court of using multiple websites and computer software for gambling and pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to launder money.

Gurian was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Albany Tuesday to time served and three years supervised release. He was also handed a fine of $100,000.

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