OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106
APRIL 28, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KC MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO LEADING $3.5 MILLION
ILLEGAL GAMBLING OPERATION
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man, pleaded guilty in federal court today to leading an illegal gambling business that relied on a Web site with a computer server located in Costa Rica.
Gerlarmo Cammisano, also known as “Jerry,” 56, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen this morning to the charge contained in a March 9, 2010, federal indictment.
Cammisano admitted that he was the organizer or leader of an illegal sports bookmaking business from March 1, 2006, to March 31, 2009. Cammissano oversaw six bookmakers in this illegal operation in which bettors, primarily located in the Kansas City, Mo., area, wagered more than $3,584,895. Cammissano paid bookmakers a percentage of the winnings at the end of each sports season.
Bookmakers provided their bettors with a 1-800 toll-free telephone number and two Web sites. In order to place a wager on a sporting event, the bettor would call the number or access the Web site, then provide their account number and password. Bookmakers used a separate 1-800 toll-free telephone number, or the Web site, to track their bettors’ activities and account balances. Bookmakers paid out or collected cash in person from their bettors, usually on a weekly basis.
Both of the 1-800 numbers routed to a company located in Costa Rica that acted as a virtual wire room for the illegal sports bookmaking operation – taking wagers and keeping electronic records of bettors’ activities and results on a computer server located in Costa Rica. The Costa Rican company did not have an interest in the outcome of the wagers, but charged the illegal sports bookmaking business a price-per-head fee for managing each bettor’s account. Cammissano was responsible for collecting this fee from the bookmakers.
By pleading guilty today, Cammisano also agreed to forfeit to the government $201,137 and two laptop computers that were seized from his residence on March 31, 2009.
In separate but related cases involving the same gambling operation, Vincent F. Civella, 53, of Kansas City, Mo., William D. Cammisano, Jr., also known as “Willie,” 60, of Harrisonville, Mo., and Charles J. Simone, 26, of Liberty, Mo., have each pleaded guilty to the same charge of conducting an illegal gambling business; Michael V. Badalucco, 26, Michael C. Sansone, 30, and Anthony V. Sansone, 27, all of Kansas City, Mo., have pleaded guilty to being bookmakers in the gambling operation.
Under federal statutes, Cammisano is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jess E. Michaelsen. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.
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