A huge sports gambling operation has been uncovered and shut down in suburban New York City. And you’ll never guess the last name of the guy running its day-to-day operations. C’mon, can’t we all just put our rent money on three-game teasers without the government getting involved? You’d rather us put it into stocks?
Twelve men in all face charges that could carry a prison sentence of up to four years for their roles in the operation, which reportedly accepted $30 million in wagers over the last five years. That’s more than what Two for the Money made at the box office. It’s no shock, of course, that one of the key participants is a Donaghy, though it’s not the one you’re thinking of.
The ringleaders were two brothers from Long Island, but 27-year-old Michael Donaghy (no relation to disgraced referee Tim as far as I can tell, yet) was the one who did most of the work.
NEWSDAY says the Nassau County D.A. has been investigating the ring for months, even though it’s based in Queens, and finally raided its headquarters on Monday:
The arrests were made as detectives raided the ring’s wire room, a safety deposit box and several of the members’ automobiles and homes. Search warrants executed Monday resulted in the seizure of about $50,000 cash, gambling records, gambling equipment and four vehicles, Rice said.
What is “gambling equipment?” Slot machines?
Stephen and Daniel Rozich are the brothers who ran the operation, which focused on college and pro football wagering. Authorities say they’ve been in the gambling business for more than 25 years.
District Attorney Kathleen Rice is not amused by the whole thing, bringing us the shocking revelation that gambling money might not be used to help cure sick children:
“The multimillion-dollar profits these operations take in are not generally spent on tuition bills or charitable giving. These profits are often the lifeblood of something more sinister. We will continue to follow the money.”
For once, I want to hear about an illegal sports betting ring that’s helping to build hospitals in Sudan, just for the moral ambiguity of it all. Woody Paige’s head would explode on “Around the Horn.”