- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Two New Jersey men, including one who ran an illegal sports betting website, have admitted to conspiring with the Genovese organized crime family.

Federal prosecutors say 77-year-old Joseph Graziano and 44-year-old Dominick J. Barone, both of Springfield, each pleaded guilty Tuesday to a racketeering conspiracy count.

Prosecutors say Graziano was the principal owner of a Costa Rica-based illegal online sports betting website called Beteagle.com. Both men admitted to conspiring with crime family members in the site’s operation.

Prosecutors say Graziano and Barone helped members of and associates of organized crime to take their traditional illegal betting activities online.

Several defendants have already pleaded guilty in the case and are awaiting sentencing.



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