US authorities have arrested thirteen individuals for various charges including running an illegal offshore sports betting site operating under the domain, which was ultimately controlled by the notorious Genovese organized crime family.

Operation Shark Bait was a long-term investigation into the alleged loan sharking and bookmaking activities of alleged New York-based Genovese “made member” Salvatore DeMeo and ‘associates’ or ‘non-made’ members, Gennaro Geritano, Eugene Orefice and Anthony “Buckwheat” Giammarino, among others.

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