1 A $13 million operation
2 Network extended to Costa Rica, DA says
3 Details of Castelles alleged accomplices
4 Castelle a familiar face for authorities A photo from the arraignment of alleged Lucchese crime family member Eugene Boopsie Castelle shows him cuffed and happy as he walks through the Brooklyn Supreme Court building. On any other day, hed look like a normal guy. On this day, however, he faced charges of leading an illegal gambling site called Stakestake.com. A $13 million operation According to numerous reports, the supposed mobster was part of a six-man ring who took home more than $13 million from their site. Though Castelle and his men are dealing with the charges, the website still appears to be functioning. The home page features a somewhat outdated design green background, two different Stake Stake logos, a banner photo of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams and basic username/password fields. The New York Daily News reports that bettors logged into the site with a username and password (or called the site via a toll-free number) and placed wagers on professional and college sports. Network extended to Costa Rica, DA says Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced the arrests last week and his office sent out a press release with details of the arrests and scope of the operation. According to the press release: Details of Castelles alleged accomplices Castelles right-hand man, according to the DAs indictment, is Anthony Grecco, who oversaw the gambling activities from Costa Rica. Grecco is also facing charges for running a loanshark operation in which he loaned money to three people at interest rates surpassing 25 percent. The four other members of the Castelle ring performed various administrative duties and, according to the Daily News, were responsible for collecting a percentage of lost wages. The names of the men, according to the DAs press release, are:
Gaetano Tommy Zuccarello
Theodore Teddy Vasilakis
Ioannis John Dinos
Vincent Mormile Though the DAs office didnt release any specific details about how the men collected debts, they did say that, each week, the men would review each bettors wins and losses and then talk with Grecco about how theyd settle up the accounts. Castelle a familiar face for authorities Castelle is no newcomer to New Yorks courtrooms and jail cells. About a week before Christmas in 2001, Castelle, a sanitation worker at the time, and several other alleged members of the Lucchese crime family pleaded guilty to a variety of charges including drug trafficking, extortion, illegal gambling and loansharking. He was released in 2008 after serving seven years, then was promptly back under the authorities watchful eye when a raid of his Staten Island home revealed a small arsenal of weapons. Previous to his 2001 conviction, Castelle was implicated, but never charged, in a less nefarious crime in which he bribed guards to allow him to smuggle mozzarella, provolone, olives and other Italian staples to prisoners in a New York jail.