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Three Men Sentenced for Role in Running Online Gambling Site

Written by:
Gilbert Horowitz
Published on:
May/06/2013
Three Men Sentenced for Role in Running Online Gambling Site

The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut on Friday announced the sentencing of three Hartford men for their role in running an online sports betting site out of Costa Rica.

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United States District Judge Vanessa L Bryant sentenced ANTHONY SANTORO, also known as Skinny, 49, of Staten Island, NY ., to eight months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release, and MICHAEL VITTI, also known as Peewee, 33, of Stamford, to 10 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release. DANIEL DEGRUTTOLA, also known as Dannyboy, 33, of Stamford, was sentenced yesterday to three months of home confinement and three years of supervised release. In addition, SANTORO was ordered to forfeit $25,000, and VITTI and DEGRUTTOLA were each ordered to forfeit $100,000.

The three men were arrested last June and charged with running 44Wager.com, a now defunct website.  They were also charged with running illegal card gambling clubs in Stamford and Hamden.

FBI analysis of the sports betting website utilized by the co-defendants has determined that the total gross revenues of the Stamford-based gambling operation were nearly $1.7 million from October 2010 to June 2011.

- Gilbert Horowitz, Gambling911.com

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