Joseph Borea, 56, of New Canaan pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to one count of conspiring to violate the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act stemming from his involvement in organized-crime controlled gambling businesses.
Bryant has scheduled sentencing for Oct. 30, at which time Borea faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. He also has agreed to forfeit $75,000. He has been released on bond since his arrest on June 13.
According to court documents and statements made in court, after a long-term investigation led by the FBI Fairfield County Organized Crime Task Force, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the Stamford Police Department, Borea, Dean DePreta, Richard Uva and 17 other individuals were charged with various offenses related to their involvement in an illegal Internet sports bookmaking operation and illegal card gambling clubs.
As part of the conspiracy, DePreta and Uva were involved in the collection and payment of "tribute" payments to Gambino organized crime family associates in New York, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, revealed that DePreta operated a large-scale sports bookmaking business in which gamblers placed bets with offshore Internet sports-gambling websites, particularly www.44wager.com based in Costa Rica. Uva served as the "master agent" for the bookmaking operation, according to the release.
In addition, DePreta, Uva and others operated card gambling clubs in Stamford and Hamden where a house percentage, commonly referred to as a "rake," was collected from every hand played.
Borea collected gambling debts for DePreta and Uva.
DePreta and Uva have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.
FBI analysis of the sports-betting website used 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.
To date, the defendants who have pleaded guilty have agreed to forfeit a total of more than $1.4 million.