New Jersey

Running Mob-Connected Sports Betting Site Leads to Prison

A 78-year-old New Jersey who ran an illegal sports betting website connected to the Genovese organized crime family has been sentenced to prison.

Joseph Graziano pleaded guilty last July to a racketeering conspiracy count. He was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $16,000 fine. He also forfeited $1 million to the United States.

Graziano was the principal owner of a Costa Rica-based illegal online sports betting website called He admitted to conspiring with crime family members in the site's operation.

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

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