Underground Poker Empire Falls

Published March 30, 2008 by OCR Editor

Underground Poker Empire Falls

The underground sport betting industry in New York has ended with the arrest of three men involved in the operation. Officials say... nothing?

What investigators are calling one of the largest busts in the Capital Region has brought an end to a $50 million Internet sports betting ring. Three men from Onondaga County, who are known by officials for their past association with gambling operations, were recently arrested for sporting bets placed in the period between September 2006 and the present day.

On Friday, George Bedigian (63), Salvatore Tumino (70) and Michael Losurdo (41) were arrested for suspicion of involvement with an underground gambling business stretching from Albany to Syracuse.

20 Million and Counting
This will not be the first time the three have seen the back seat of a police car. The men were arrested for their involvement in a $20.3 million gambling operation in Upper New York three years ago.

In May of 2005, Badigian was charged with 217 counts of promoting gambling, 17 counts of possession of gambling records and three counts of money laundering. During the 2005 bust, Bedigian was identified as being the ringleader of the operation.

But Not a Word
The case seems to be under the media radar as the suspects aren't responding to reporters, their defense line is avoiding the press and even Albany Count Sheriff James Campbell has not spoken on the subject. Syracuse lawyer David Primo, identified by the Times Union as Bedigian's defense lawyer, has also been supporting the lack of discourse concerning the case.

Bedigian, who is being accused of being one of two ringleaders of the operation, and LoSurdo are being charged with enterprise corruption. Tumino is facing fourth-degree money laundering charges.

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