Huge mob news out of the greater New York-New Jersey metro area today as the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office has notched a huge score with "Operation Strike Out", shutting down a million-dollar-per-week sports gambling ring that operated partly at the new Yankee Stadium and the Mets new joint CitiField. Members of the Genovese crime family, once led by the late Vinny "the Chin" Gigante and probably the biggest and most entrenched Mafia families in North Jersey, operated the gambling ring.
The ring employed a system of code names and passwords for gamblers to place wagers on sporting events by calling telephone numbers or visiting Web sites, he said. The wire room that provided the betting lines and accepted the wagers was located in Costa Rica, which authorities said is common practice for mob-run sports gambling rings.
Bookies in the North Jersey area collected losses and paid winnings to the bettors, (John) Molinelli said.
(Paul "Shortline") Weber, who works for Aramark, the food vending giant, exchanged cash with members of the ring at both Yankee Stadium and CitiField while detectives and Major League Baseball security watched, Molinelli said.
Finally, an offense that Bud Selig and his cronies are actually capable of stopping! If Major League Baseball had handled the steroid nonsense with the same aplomb that they showed in shutting down this gambling ring, Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi would have been out of baseball and collecting protection payments from pizzerias a long time ago. Heck, the ring was pulling in millions of dollars a week just from Mets fans betting that their team would actually win a late-and-close game. Major League Baseball's position is that the only person who should be making millions of dollars as the Mets blow leads is J.J. Putz.
Among the thirty-four men arrested in the sting was 37-year-old Joseph DiMaggio of Garfield, NJ. That breaks his fifty-six day streak without a single felony arrest, misdemeanor, or parking ticket.