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Mobster "Big Vince" accused of running online gambling operation

Former body-building champion Vincent "Big Vince" Filipelli has been accused of taking bets over the Internet.

Mobster "Big Vince" accused of running online gambling operation The New Jersey Attorney General's Office announced yesterday that the already-jailed mobster Vincent Filipelli, a.k.a. "Big Vince", has been charged with conspiracy to promote gambling, promoting gambling, possession of gambling records, possession of steroids and money laundering. All charges, but the possession of steroids, stem from an alleged online sports betting website Filipelli ran over the past years. William Motto, 52, of Cherry Hill, was also charged in the illegal online betting operation and already pleaded guilty in September of promoting gambling. The web address of the online gambling website in question has not been mentioned by the Attorney General's Office.

 Vincent "Big Vince" Filipelli is being held at the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center, where he awaits sentencing on a federal extortion-related charge connected to the online betting operation. According to reports, Big Vince threatened an undercover agent in 2006 in Philadelphia over a gambling debt at the illegal sports betting website. Vincent Filipelli pleaded guilty to interstate travel in aid of racketeering, which could land him in prison for up to 20 years, excluding the new charges.

 Published on 11/03/2007

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