Last week a man tied to the Genovese crime family pleaded guilty to illegal gambling crimes in New Jersey, and now faces up to six months in jail plus probation.
Vincent Coppola pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree gambling promotion in court, as he reportedly was working with the crime family to run a sportsbetting operation in the Garden State. The ring was allegedly working internationally, as they used a payment processing room in Costa Rica to help facilitate bets, and the crime family's extensive ties helped spread the scope of the operation.
The ring reportedly brought in millions of dollars in wagers and revenues over the years, and while this is a setback, its likely that the family will find a way to crop up into a sportsbetting operation.
Commenting on the case New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said, "When those involved in traditional organized crime engage in schemes such as loansharking and illegal gambling, they profit at the expense of victims who are struggling with debt, gambling problems, and other issues… By prosecuting the men who ran these schemes and putting key defendants behind bars, we send a message that we will not tolerate these corrosive criminal activities that harm individuals, families and society as a whole."