- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York City police detective who worked as an undercover has been sentenced to probation for running illegal poker games out of his home.

Federal Judge Sandra Townes also ordered Richard Palase to forfeit $10,000 and perform 200 hours of community service.

The New York Post (https://bit.ly/1HkEQp3 ) reports the 50-year-old told the judge at his sentencing that “greed and selfishness ruined my life.”

He’d pleaded guilty earlier this year to running an illegal gambling business. Prosecutors had sought prison time.

Court documents charge Palase and others ran five illegal gambling businesses in Staten Island homes in 2010 and 2011.

An undercover investigator infiltrated the regular card games, which featured waitresses and paid dealers.

Prosecutors say Palase took a percentage of the thousands of dollars exchanged each game.

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