- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

GIBSONIA, Pa. (AP) - A Pittsburgh attorney has been charged with helping a convicted video gambling figure’s illegal business, along with a state lawmaker already awaiting trial.

The state attorney general on Thursday charged 39-year-old Louis Caputo with conspiracy, criminal solicitation and illegal gambling charges. Defense attorney Robert Del Greco advised Caputo to waive his right to a preliminary hearing and says they’ll “address the charges in due course.”

Democratic state Rep. Marc Gergely was charged in March and faces trial in December on charges he helped Ronald “Porky” Melocchi run an illegal video gambling operation that had some 335 machines at 70 restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and other locations in the Monongahela River valley near Pittsburgh. Melocchi is serving 10 years’ probation.

Caputo is charged with helping Gergely to persuade businesses to install Melocchi’s machines.

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