Gangster’s Stepson was Kingpin of Multi Million Dollar Gambling Ring

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Jun/28/2018

Last year, police discovered the remains of Donald Eugene Webb, a career criminal who allegedly killed a Pennsylvania police chief in 1980.  His body was found buried in his former wife’s yard in Dartmouth, MA.

Now comes word that the dead man's stepson has been indicted for his role in running a multi-million dollar gambling enterprise.

Stanley Webb, 62, and two other family members were charged with illegal gambling and money laundering.

In a statement, Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said the defendants were allegedly “operating 130 illegal Nutel gambling machines they had placed near Massachusetts State Lottery products in various establishments including social clubs, sports bars, convenience stores and gas stations throughout eastern Massachusetts.”

Stanley Webb; his daughter Jaqueline Webb, 35; her husband, Brian Pinheiro, also 35; the family company, Nutel Communications Inc.; and their associate, Romie Jones, 47, are all charged with keeping a place for registering bets, organizing and promoting gambling, unlawful operation of a gaming device, conspiracy to keep a place for registering bets, and conspiracy to operate an illegal gaming device, Healey’s office said.

"Today’s charges are the result of the largest illegal gambling investigation ever conducted in our state that uncovered a multi-million-dollar illegal money laundering and gambling scheme,” Healey said in the release. “We allege these defendants were using illegal gambling machines designed to compete with our State Lottery, and manipulated them to maximize their profits and exploit compulsive gamblers. We thank the Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts Lottery and Treasury, and all of the other federal, state and local agencies that assisted us in dismantling this major criminal enterprise.”

Some 300 police officers executed approximately 100 search warrants as well as the seizure of more than $2.1 million, precious metals, and other property in order to take down Stanley Webb's gambling operation. 

Donald Eugene Webb was considered a fugitive for nearly 40 years until his remains were discovered under the home.  The discovery of his body was a direct result of the gambling investigation, which culminated with a raid on the family's Dartmouth home. 

He was the longest-tenured fugitive on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list, appearing there from 1981 to 2007. Authorities believe Webb shot and killed Saxonburg police Chief Gregory Adams in December 1980 after Adams pulled him over for running a stop sign.

Webb, then 49, was a jewelry thief from Massachusetts with connections to the New England mob.

Arraignment dates for the suspects in the gambling case in Suffolk Superior Court haven’t been set.

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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